Cool-headed, smart, committed to fairness and balanced solutions, Barack Obama should be re-elected president. The economy was in free-fall when President Obama took office — markets collapsing, banking in crisis, jobs vanishing. He stabilized it, turned it around. The recovery hasn’t gained steam as most Americans would like, but there are worldwide economic headwinds, and the president has been hampered by shamelessly partisan and intransigent Republican opposition. President Obama got the country out of one ill-advised war he inherited, and is managing a difficult but responsible exit from the second. Facing a second Obama term, responsible Republicans will regain control of their party and complete the kind of sensible deficit deal — spending cuts and tax increases —that the president offered more than a year ago.
For the U.S. Senate, Democrat Chris Murphy, a three-term congressman who also served in Connecticut’s legislature, is a proven advocate for society’s less fortunate and a strong voice against military adventurism. He is far preferable to Republican Linda McMahon, whose chief qualification for office appears to be having made so much money in her professional wrestling empire that she can slime whomever she runs against with a barrage of TV attacks. Voters wouldn’t let her buy a Senate seat two years ago, and they shouldn’t now.
Congressman Jim Himes, a thoughtful moderate Democrat, has represented southwestern Connecticut admirably. The nonpartisan Concord Coalition honored him as one of 38 members of Congress — 22 Democrats and 16 Republicans — to vote for a budget based on the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan. Send him back to vote for sensible compromise again.
For state Senate, Republican Toni Boucher has been a hard-charging advocate for 26th District towns on issues ranging from education to train service. She’s instinctively conservative, she listens and she works hard.
For state representative, veteran Republican legislator John Frey has earned another term. Democratic challenger Jeff Bonistalli has been a fresh voice, and has run the kind of clean campaign that should make Ridgefield proud. But that’s not reason enough for Ridgefielders to abandon Mr. Frey, a 13-year veteran and the kind of quiet, commonsense legislator who earns his colleagues’ respect — and puts it to work for his constituents.