Given the chance to show how they might break the partisan standoff that leaves us with a powerless Congress that few people respect, four of the five Republican candidates debating in Torrington yesterday offered us … nothing.
These cyborg candidates sticking to stale talking points couldn’t even acknowledge that well, maybe Democrats and Republicans are responsible for our failed bipartisan government. Monday’s evidence from Torrington suggests that Lisa Wilson-Foley, Mark Greenberg, Justin Bernier and Mike Clark will do little to change Washington’s fetid politics.
Republican Andy Roraback, who signals that he might secretly be a GOP candidate who can see beyond party central’s marching orders, offers some hope for those who long for the return of the independent New England Republican.
Roraback tentatively suggested that yes, some form of taxes might be a sound policy along with significant budget cuts: “I don’t close the door to looking for additional revenue.” This is why Democrats are worried about Roraback, who shows flashes of being something more than a Republican automaton.
Sadly, the GOP Five in the 5th can’t even have a spirited, public debate about this fundamental disagreement.
One of his opponents, Lisa Wilson-Foley, waited until after the debate to blast Roraback for his tepid endorsement of something more than dismantling government. Come on Lisa, at least stand up for yourself instead of having one of your asssitants send out a press release.