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November 15, 2018 04:15 PM UTC

Gardner Praises Trump For Election Wins, While Coffman Slams The Prez For GOP Losses, Including His Own

  • by: Jason Salzman

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Sen. Cory Gardner (left) and Rep. Mike Coffman.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) blamed Trump today for Coffman’s election loss last week, just as Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner jumped on the radio to credit the president for GOP wins in key senate races.

Coffman told Vox today:

“I believe, quite frankly, that the president had a strategy of focusing on the Senate at the expense of the House,” [Coffman] said. “That the map had it where that there were red states that Trump carried that had competitive Senate races and what he did was made the midterm a national election and about him….”

“The president’s tone is polarizing,” Coffman said. “It was very difficult to try and make the case, particularly to suburban, college-educated women who were so upset with the president, to vote for me when they felt there needed to be a greater check on President Trump…”

Coffman says he doesn’t see Republicans regaining any territory in the House.

“Good. Luck,” he said, laughing.

Contrast Coffman’s dark view of Trump with Gardner’s sunbeam comments about the president working his tail off for winning GOP senate candidates:

“We bucked history,” Gardner said on KNUS’ Caplis and Kafer Show last week, repeating his previous assertion that “I don’t think it was a blue wave” in Colorado. “…So, you know, the keeping of the majority in the midterm, I think, is historic. And President Trump went out and worked his tail off in a lot of these states.

“And so I think those are the two key takeaways, how President Trump did more than I think any other president has done for elections and getting these candidates elected, and how we were able to defy history….”

“So, look, I look forward to continuing our work together.” Gardner told Steffan Tubbs on KNUS yesterday, referring to Trump. “And I’d like to see the President come to Colorado. I’d like to see my colleagues want to see him be successful. Let’s talk about the good things we’ve done in Colorado. Let’s show him the good things we’ve done in Colorado. I hope that everybody is engaged in wanting us to have a successful president.

The Coffman-Gardner contrast on Trump underscores again that Republicans have nowhere to turn, with Trump’s unhinged media presence so overwhelming and his popularity so low among so many different types of voters in states like Colorado.

Embrace him? Trash him? Do both? None of those approaches will win over enough voters for a GOP candidate to compete in Colorado, at least as things stand today, based on what happened last Tuesday.


7 thoughts on “Gardner Praises Trump For Election Wins, While Coffman Slams The Prez For GOP Losses, Including His Own

  1. Don't know where Cory keeps his optimism or how he imbibes it before coming out with such statements.

    Colorado Sun:  Three graphics that explain the 2018 election and Colorado’s political future

    A new analysis by The Colorado Sun found that all but one of the state’s seven congressional districts is shifting to favor Democrats, including once rock-solid Republican turf. And a handful of one-time swing counties now appear solidly Democratic in the era of President Donald Trump.


    1. In my county, more of the unaffiliateds swung red. But we still reduced the R margin from +30 to +10 on the statewide races. The local ones, not so much. But the Sun considers the eastern plains to be GOPers last stand, one of the two areas in Colorado that are still reliably Republican.

      They'll probably send a reporter out to interview Trumpers and ignore all those pesky plains Democrats. We just don't make for very good human interest stories.

      1. Going from being 30 points under water to only 10 points is progress. I live in a county that used to be a Republican stronghold but this year Dems won all but one county office, all of the state senate seats up this cycle, and all but one state house seat.

        You have to admit that the outlandish (i.e., batshit crazy) stuff that comes out of the mouths of the Trumpets is a lot more "interesting" to publish than the generally more bland stuff that Democrats say. Although I would not necessarily use the term human interest when characterizing what the Trumpets preach.

  2. So now, some inside the Federalist Society (including Kelleyanne's husband George) are regretting the deal they made with Donald "Satan's Favorite Son" Trump.  Apparently, they are surprised and dismayed that he doesn't respect either the rule of law or the truth.

    They thought he took the Frat boofing during pledge week just like the rest of the swells and was now one of them.  Now they are wondering how could they have been so mistaken. And oh, dear, what should we do?

  3. If there is a merciful God in Heaven he will move Cory Gardner to be at Trumps side when Trump campaigns in Colorado in 2020.  Almighty Yahweh please allow the press to get close ups of the two hugging and being BFF's.  It will be one to publish over and over again.

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