Though many explanations were put forward, there’s no way to know exactly why Ned Lamont won a second term as governor on Nov. 8. Certainly there was his handling of the COVID pandemic, a sense the economy has stabilized and a general rejection of the national Republican message, all of which propelled the incumbent to a convincing win. But there’s no way to parse out exactly what it was the voters of Connecticut liked so much that they asked for another four years.
So when Lamont says he will continue what worked well during his first term, that doesn’t give an observer much to go on. We all hope, for example, that nothing like the governor’s leadership during the worst days of COVID will ever be necessary again.