The past few weeks have not been good for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, after the “New York Times” story about how he misstated his Vietnam-era military service. Yet it appears the news has done little or no damage to his prospects of winning the United States Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Blumenthal leads his likely Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, by 56 percent to 31 percent. The number is similar to an internal poll recently released by the Blumenthal campaign, which also showed him with a double-digit lead.
If the “New York Times” story can't send Blumenthal's poll numbers below 50 percent, it seems hard to imagine what could stop him from winning in November. Former GOP Rep. Rob Simmons, who recently ended his campaign for the Senate seat, might be right. When “National Review Online” asked him if he thought McMahon could win, he replied, “No, I don't think so at all.”