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The U.S. Senate’s judiciary committee held a hearing this week on Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s abortion bill. As I comment in the latest Conservative On Fire podcast, whether it’s abortion or Hobby Lobby, these days for the Democrats it is all about the politics of distraction.
I am familiar with Blumenthal’s tactics, having lived in Connecticut for far too many years. When he was attorney general for 20 years, – it only seemed like forever – he was always holding news conferences, usually blasting businesses, or President George W. Bush, or promoting some liberal cause. In fact, the stuff for which he blasted Bush, President Obama does 10 times more, and not a peep out of Blumenthal.
These days, he has found his mojo, acting like he is the Attorney General of the U.S., rather than U.S. Senator. Every Monday, he stages a news conference, harping on some perceived slight toward the left. His minions on the local TV newscasts cooperate, by giving these staged events full blown coverage.
Whether it is at these news conferences or in the U.S. Senate, the next time Blumenthal talks about the state of the economy or Obamacare will be the first time. As the economy stagnates or at best makes a tepid recovery, especially in Blumenthal’s home state; as people continue to register complaints about Obamacare – even in deep blue Connecticut – Blumenthal continues to bring up every liberal cause, all in the name of manufacturing stories that will blur the focus of the Democrats’ abysmal handling of the economy and health care.
Expect more of the same between now and the midterm elections. Whether it’s Blumenthal or Obama, the idea is to motivate the left’s base to turn out and vote so they can hold on to the Senate. It’s also about laying the ground work for the 2016 presidential election and in Blumenthal’s case his re-election bid.
Think about it? If the economy were percolating, if Obamacare was a success, wouldn’t they be talking about that? They cannot, because both have failed under the their leadership. Therefore, expect more of the politics of distraction. Blumenthal is a master at it.