The Day has an editorial about Richard Blumenthal’s prospective run for governor in 2010.
The message? This time, he’s really absolutely super totally seriously committed to running.Whatever. I’m not holding my breath. There is absolutely nothing exciting to me about a Blumenthal candidacy–at least, not yet.
The reason? He’s been in Hartford since 1990, he’s politically cautious, perhaps to a fault, and he has a record that has largely gone unexamined during his four bids for re-election. I also get the feeling that he’s running because it’s sort of time for him to run (in fact, it’s past time), but I am not exactly sure where he stands on the issues. What sort of governor will he be? Will he bring reform and fresh ideas to an executive branch that desperately needs them? Or will he spend time proposing dreck like his recent social networking bill?
At the very least, Blumenthal deserves a primary. Unfortunately, I expect all serious contenders will quickly remove themselves from the field as soon as he makes it clear he’s running–although, with public financing in place, there may be a few surprises yet.
Right now, however, he looks inevitable, like a very slow and ponderous steamroller bearing down on a lazy, lazy Democratic Party. Too bad.