The Washington Times - October 7, 2010, 04:45PM



Connecticut’s U.S. Senate candidates, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, a Republican, debated again on Thursday. Both took on one another on the issue of tax cuts. Mr. Blumenthal defended Democrats on Capitol Hill who want to only extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, while Ms. McMahon countered that the Bush tax cuts should be extended to all income classes. 

After the debate, I asked Mr. Blumenthal if he thought it was irresponsible for Congress to adjourn before any vote on tax relief happened, and he told me he thought the early adjournment was “unwise.” When I followed up and asked if such a move would hurt Democratic candidates like himself, he responded,”People know my position on this issue. They know I’m standing for the middle class—tax cuts that would aid our middle class families and small businesses, because ultimately small businesses will benefit from the economic recovery that middle class tax cuts help to generate.”

(Listen to Mr. Blumenthal talk to me about the early adjournment of Congress here.)

Mr. Blumenthal may be taking a popular position on criticizing the early adjournment of Congress before a vote on tax cuts happened, but he’s fooling himself he thinks voters will not associate the lack of effort on part of the Democrats to pass tax cuts before adjournment will not be in the back of voters’ minds in Connecticut. His stance on the issue is word for word what the Democrats have been putting out about tax cuts only for the middle class. What exactly should make Connecticut voters believe he would have responded any differently to the early adjournment other than a tight election battle he is currently facing?