The premise of the hilarious play, "I'm Connecticut," by Bristol native Mike Reiss, is that the Nutmeg state is populated by nice, but boring people.
People from Connecticut, of course, don't think they are boring, which is pretty much what boring people always think.
As we saw evidence of this past week, the upcoming battle for the 2014 Republican gubernatorial nomination is going to do nothing to dispel the notion that Connecticut is the snooze separating New York City from Boston.
John McKinney, the veteran Republican leader in the state Senate, announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination on Tuesday. He did so in a press release e-mailed to reporters at 7:33 in the morning during the height of the summer vacation season. It was almost as if he was trying to keep it a secret.
The reaction from Democrats was equally ZZZZZZZZs inducing. McKinney is "a nice guy" they shot back, who nonetheless votes like a Republican. Wow, talk about going for the jugular.
If he is to win the nomination, McKinney will probably have to defeat Tom Foley a button-down Greenwich millionaire, who ran and lost to Gov. Malloy by a whisker in 2010, despite dropping $10 million of his own dough on the race.
If a Foley-McKinney race were just about which candidate was more exciting, it would be a dead heat. If a third party were introduced, say a wall of drying paint, the drying paint would win in a landslide.
Where did we go wrong? I mean, we in Connecticut share a border with New York City, are just 40 miles of so from midtown Manhattan. And yet none of the city's pizazz, none of its verve, none of its attitude has rubbed off on us.
We have John McKinney, New York has Eliot Spitzer, Client No. 9.
We have Tom Foley, New York has Anthony Weiner, Carlos Danger.
Speaking of Carlos Danger …
The on-line magazine Slate has on its website a Carlos Danger name generator where you type in a name and get your sexting pseudonym. Here are the sexting pseudonyms generated for some Connecticut politicians:
Dannel Malloy – Pepe Smash
John McKinney – Gilberto Jeopardy
Tom Foley – Carmelo Evil
Richard Blumenthal – Marcos Menace
Chris Murphy – Julio Cesar Clandestine
Joe Courtney – Federico Trouble
John Rowland – Raphael Adventure
Pedro Segarra – Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams