The Washington Times - October 7, 2010, 02:44PM

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, a Republican, sparred with Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, in their second debate. In this clip they discussed the Cap and Trade legislation that was debated on Capitol Hill this past year.  


Mr. Blumenthal claimed that the legislation is “dead”, and the bill does not constitute a national energy tax. He went on to say that a “right-wing” group put out “phony” numbers to scare people into thinking the legislation is nothing but another tax. 

Ms. McMahon shot back that President Obama already promised that his administration would re-visit Cap and Trade and quoted Mr. Obama who said that Americans would “necessarily” see electricity prices would “skyrocket” under his legislation.

Mr. Blumenthal attempted to play it both ways here. While he said opposed a national energy tax, he also said Cap and Trade was not a national energy tax, thereby freeing himself of any respsonsibility of later supporting such legislation should it roll around later; however, according to the Connecticut Attorney General, Cap and Trade is “dead,” so why bother talking about it now?  

This is a clever tactic from Mr. Blumenthal, but too many voters already see the writing on the wall when it comes to the Democrats’ current energy plan, and that is likely a consumption tax passed on to the consumer from the energy utilities.