The launch of the Connecticut Political Power Rankings

BULLETIN: MAYBE YOU THOUGHT I WAS JOKING BUT I JUST NOW RECEIVED A NEW TONG PRESS RELEASE. SERIOUSLY! WE RETURN YOU TO THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED COLUMN.

4. The Prophet Elijah. Not literally. But I’m saving this seat for somebody who has not arrived yet, for the Republican leader who can shift the party off its current moorings, renounce the worst atrocities of He Who Resembles a Clementine, and articulate a vision that melds fiscal conservatism with detail-rich ideas for improving life in this state. Which is like saying I’m waiting for a unicorn who plays the bassoon and is an Olympic high diver. I don’t care. I can dream.

5. Ned Lamont. 61.1. Let us stipulate that his first six months boiled down to “Ned and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Stinky, Poopy Legislative Session.” He didn’t know what he was doing and, worse, he didn’t know that he didn’t know. But he might turn out to be an extremely rich and white version of Rafael Devers, the Red Sox third basemen who was called up too early in 2018 and was easy to strike out and occasionally looked like a person whose infield play relied entirely on knowledge acquired from watching “Bad News Bears.” This year, Devers lit up the league.

Maybe Ned won’t be that good in his second season, but he recently has shown nostrils-fogging-the-mirror signs of leadership. And he’s unusually good at collaborating with other Northeastern governors. And we jackals of the press may be guilty of focusing too much on the governor-legislature dynamic and ignoring other aspects of the job. It’s like judging Voltaire only by how well he got along with the lunatic asylum down the road.

6. Susan Bysiewicz. 59.2. Even though these rankings are the meaningless musings of a pointy-headed journalism geek, it is impossible not to picture her flinging her laptop against the wall and yelling, “Sixth? That %&@#$ ranked me sixth?” It does seem as though Lamont is honoring some previous commitment to give his lieutenant governor opportunities to shine and, verily, to seize the mic at moments when another governor would still be talking.

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