I’d like to thank Mary Ann Turner, the Chairman of the Enfield Republican Town Committee, for inviting me here today. It’s a pleasure to be with you. Enfield, everyone in the room may know, was the place where prominent theologian Jonathan Edwards delivered his “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” sermon. The sermon provided one of the sparks that lit the spiritual conflagration later called “The Great Awakening” and was so fearful and effective a sermon that people in the pews broke out in tears. I think I can assure everyone in the room that my keynote may not have a similar effect.
6. You cannot expect to win elections in the state by focusing on the economy alone, because it is the culture – therefore, social issues – that produces politics, not the reverse. We have now had three major Republican elections in which politicians who have had little connection with the usual political networks – i.e. fellow legislators in the General Assembly and Town Committee worker bees – have conducted campaigns centering on Connecticut’s failing economy and unbearably high taxes. Republicans have consistently won the economic arguments and lost the elections. Not only in baseball is the axiom true -- three strikes and you’re out.
7. Finally – beware of out-of-state political consultants bearing gifts. Linda McMahon, Tom Foley and Bob Stefanowski all rented out their campaigns to Washington DC political consultants unrooted in the rich soil of Connecticut politics.