Tone Deaf Or Ignorant?

Update: Here is Jordan’s post that includes reader responses, including yours truly’s.

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I recently spotted an item on Jordan Fenster’s fine blog, CT State Politics, noting that he’d received a campaign letter from front-running Democrat Chris Donovan, the current state House Speaker vying to be the Democratic nominee for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district. The letter, entitled “Stand Up For Women!”, was also signed by two more congressional candidates from other states.

Guess what it suggested was the most compelling issue of the day? A woman’s right to chose. That’s right. With all the other woes we face — e.g. 8.5% unemployment, a failing educational system, a nuclear Iran — Donovan, at least on this day, thinks this is the issue that that will help him win a ticket to Washington.

Look, I know abortion rights are very important to some voters. But those voters don’t question the commitment of Democrats to preserve those rights. Here’s an email I sent to Fenster after reading his post:

Chris Donovan has to be one of the most tone-deaf politicians I’ve ever observed. As the editor of a CT news site, I have my ears to the ground and I hear very few people complain about how reproductive freedoms are imperiled. It’s on the radar screen for Donovan’s left-wing base, but not the moderates he needs to win the 5th.

I suspect it’s because he has nothing to talk about in terms of the economy. I don’t know if you saw Donovan’s interview last month with Brian Parker of Hartford Online Radio (the one in which he called the North Korean leaders “kings”). When asked what his priorities were in terms of moving the economy, all Donovan could talk about was hiring more teachers and public servants. I didn’t hear a word about incentivizing the private sector, from which flows all the cash that funds the public sector jobs he wants to create.

Honestly, I’m not convinced Donovan could win in the 5th. This is a swing district that still has a fair number of moderate Republicans and independents. At one time, it was Nancy Johnson country. We’re more liberal than we used to be, but not enough to elect someone who is enthusiastically endorsed by the CT Free Radicals.

My distaste for Donovan is on-the-record. Indeed, I’m sure moderate Republican Andrew Roraback is praying he goes up against Donovan. The guy is simply too far left for the 5th. Oh, and Donovan’s also ethically challenged. As I recall, that was one of the problems that brought Nancy Johnson down.

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