By Gregory B. Hladky
11:19 AM EST, November 7, 2012
One of the more amusing responses to Republican Linda McMahon's defeat in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race came from our other U.S. Senator, Democrat Dick Blumenthal.
He was commenting on the fact that ex-World Wrestling Entertainment CEO McMahon spent nearly $100 million of her own fortune over two elections (one against Blumenthal two years ago and this year's against Chris Murphy) and still couldn't win.
Blumenthal said he was overjoyed that McMahon's defeat proved you couldn't "buy a U.S. Senate seat."
The reason it was so funny is that Blumenthal is pretty freaking wealthy himself. His wife's family, for example, happens to own the Empire State Building, among other modest properties.
It is true that Blumenthal is a vastly different sort of pol than McMahon.
He spent nearly his entire adult life in government: as a state lawmaker, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, and state attorney general before whipping McMahon two years ago in that U.S. Senate contest. And he didn't spend vast sums of his own or his wife's money to win.
McMahon's only claim to be qualified to sit in the U.S. Senate was that she had been a "job creator" as head of the WWE, a sleazy TV extravaganza filled with pseudo-violence and simulated sex, not to mention drug use by her wrestlers.
And it was that unbreakable connection to a distasteful business past that really screwed her in both elections, that and the fact that she had no other qualifications for the prestigeous job she wanted.
Connecticut voters could never get past her WWE past, and it looks like they got sick and tired of the unrelentingly negative ads that McMahon's Republican handlers kept pushing and pushing and pushing.
McMahon spent nearly $50 million on her political ambitions in 2010, and more than $43 million this time around.
Hopefully, this election marks an end to her U.S. Senate desires and she will gracefully retire to her family yatch (The Sexy Bitch) and watch some wrestling. After all, she's got plenty of cash still in the bank.
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