10/04/2010 07:23 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sam Stein On 'Hardball': Linda McMahon Ad Past Its Expiration Date

HuffPost reporter Sam Stein appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" Monday night to discuss hot-button 2010 races, including the California governor's race and the battle to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd in Connecticut.

Stein took on the new ad dropped by Connecticut's Republican Senate candidate, Linda McMahon -- a "deadly" ad, host Chris Matthews called it -- against Democratic candidate and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

"The problem for the McMahon people is that they pushed this issue when she was in the GOP convention deliberately so that she would win the nomination, and that was several months ago," Stein told Matthews. "And now to resuscitate it, to bring it up again, it lacks the potency that it would have got on the first airing."