But in Connecticut, a Republican renaissance is on its way.
The state senate is literally sitting at 50-50 right now. One more state senator, and Republicans will have control of that chamber. Four more Republicans in the lower house, and the GOP will take back that part, too.
Then there's the governor's race. The incumbent Democratic Governor, Dannel Malloy, is one of the most unpopular state chief executives in the country. He is rude, crude, with a bad attitude, and under his watch the state is going bankrupt, including the state capital of Hartford. Malloy has been an abject disgrace, attacking Second Amendment rights while taxing everything that moves.
Democratic candidates running to replace Malloy are running from his corrupt brand. One Dem candidate just dropped out of the race.
In contrast, Republican candidates are running on protecting Second Amendment rights, shoring up the pension debt to save the state, and taking on the public sector unions bleeding the state into bankruptcy.
I have so much hope for Connecticut, and I can only say that I wish California had the same kind of verve and momentum.
What has made Connecticut a GOP battleground state once again?
The state is smaller, which makes it easier to network and send information. It's cheaper to communicate through the internet and email services. Sure.
But the fact that the state is in such dire straits under 8 years of regressive leftist rule has awakened voters across the state. Republicans have maintained a fairly strong brand in the state in the past. The Bush family is originally from Connecticut, although they are not the stirring star example of what Republicans should be.
Still, even in a blue wasteland like New England, Republicans are not giving up the fight.
They are fighting back, and more blue-state Republicans need to follow their example.