Cory Gardner Embraces Trump for 2018 Help

Hey there, pal!

Readers of Colorado Pols are aware that Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is the 2018 Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is a fancy way of saying that it is Gardner’s job to make sure that Republicans don’t lose control of the U.S. Senate this year. This has not gone well for Gardner, so it’s perhaps no surprise that he’ll be leaning on President Trump for help.

As Politico reports:

Even as fears grow within the GOP that Trump will cost Republicans the House, Senate Republicans say the president will play a starring role in the closely contested campaigns that will decide control of the chamber. Trump will be front and center in every state that helped elect the president, according to GOP senators and strategists, making the case that Democrats are hindering his agenda.

“If you look at a race in a state like Missouri or North Dakota — or any of these states — he’ll be very involved,” said Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of the GOP’s campaign arm, who speaks with Trump about political strategy regularly. “He’ll be actively campaigning for a Senate majority. Absolutely.”

Screeeechhhh…back up. Did you notice that part in the middle of Gardner’s quote?

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of the GOP’s campaign arm, who speaks with Trump about political strategy regularly. [Pols emphasis]

Once upon a time, Gardner was fairly outspoken about Trump — at one point even declaring that he wouldn’t vote for Trump for President while calling for him to step aside as the GOP nominee. All that changed when it became clear that the big orange man would be moving into the White House; despite some some half-assed attempts to distance himself from the President, Gardner has generally made sure to pat him on the back as early and as often as possible.

Now, here we are, with Gardner apparently speaking with Trump “about political strategy regularly.” A cynic might say that Gardner is setting up Trump to take the fall for any Senate Republican losses in 2018. A more positive person would say that…

No, nevermind, that’s what’s happening here.

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  1. unnamed says:

    And remember, Gardner is a great fit for Colorado.  Rven if his approvals suck.

  2. mamajama55 says:

    Cory Gardner is an ambitious man. He's cultivating foreign policy experience, especially with friendly dictators (Duterte) and heads of state (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea).

    He's looking to transfer his brand of smiling glibberish to a wider role on the national stage.

    The NRSC is just a stepping stone to that end. 

    So even if his Colorado constituents are over his grinning garbage, he'll have noticed that being unpopular at home hasn't held back Mike Pence. He's perfect vice Presidential material.

  3. hodad says:

    It's so hard for me to understand why Colorado traded in a good man, Mark Udall, for a seedy used car salesman.  I'm sick of seeing Gardner's pasted-on smile as he sucks up to the NRA, McConnell, the rest of the senate leadership, and trump himself.


    • Davie says:

      Several reasons:

      1.  Non-Presidential election year, leading to lower Democratic turnout

      2.  Poor strategy and tactics from Udall's campaign — not focused on his strengths, just abortion one-note campaign (also echoed in the media, ad nauseum)

      3.  Weak media coverage (only one or two reporters even tried to get him to tell the truth regarding his "No Federal Personhood Bill" claim), and the Denver Post management and editors whitewashed Cory's right-wing, anti-abortion track record (their editorial endorsement was sickeningly, and purposefully misleading)

      4.  Gardner is an extraordinarily talented "Eddie Haskell" who can filibuster his way past most inconvenient questions while looking harmless enough.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        5.   Let's not forget that Udall delivered his one and only campaign message with a nasty scowl on his face. Gardner stood before a wind farm and smiled while dishing out his bullshit.

        Ronald Reagan proved the importance of appearance and style over substance.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Since the current “strategy” apparently involves nothing but round-the-clock lying, you couldn’t find two more qualified and sympatico vermin than Corwardly and Stormy’s john . . .

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