“The Happy Warrior Has Become a Car Salesman”

One owner. Low miles.

The latest U.S. Senate prognostication from the Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy declares the Senate majority very much in play as 2019 comes to a close, which most readers already know–and that Colorado’s incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner is one of several must-win swing races expected to decide the majority in the 2020 elections.

The Senate math hasn’t changed. If Democrats want to win the majority, they need a net gain of three seats if they win the White House or four if they don’t. There are only two Democratic-held seats in jeopardy: U.S. Sens. Doug Jones in Alabama and Gary Peters in Michigan. It is hard to see how Republicans expand the playing field beyond these two races…

Republicans have three seats in Toss Up: U.S. Sens. Martha McSally in Arizona, Cory Gardner in Colorado, and Susan Collins in Maine. Of the three, many Democratic strategists believe that Colorado is more vulnerable than the other two. It certainly leans more Democratic. Presumptive nominee, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, hasn’t had an easy time. He is getting challenged from the left, has committed a couple of gaffes, and is the subject of an ethics investigation that will be the subject of a March hearing. Still, Democrats say that voters understand that Hickenlooper is quirky, while they believe that Gardner isn’t the Senator they elected in 2014. To paraphrase one strategist, the Happy Warrior has become a car salesman. [Pols emphasis]

In fairness, Duffy then claims that “Gardner has a record of legislative accomplishments on which to run, which GOP strategists contend will carry more weight with voters.” But her description of how Colorado voters have become disenchanted with Cory Gardner’s relentless affected positivity, while delivering the same tired Republican talking points they hear everywhere else, sums up well the dilemma for Gardner the polls also show. Any complacency among local Democrats that may have existed in 2014 is long gone, and five years of Gardner fronting unpopular Republican policy goals–and now Donald Trump himself–have stranded Gardner on the wrong side of an alienated electorate.

That is why Democrats’ road to the Senate majority next year runs through–arguably starts in–Colorado.


10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    Presumptive nominee, former Gov. John Hickenlooper

    That's troll bait in these parts. 🙂

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Cue "Ride of the Valkyries." Sigh.

  3. unnamed says:

    He was always only a used car salesman.

  4. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    Gardner is worthless, but even if he were a good Senator, the numbers are stacked against him. In 2014, he won by 2%. That year Republicans also won statewide races for SoS (by 2%), AG (by 9%), and Treas. (by 5%). Hickenlooper, Gardner's likely opponent, bucked the trend and won by 3%.

    Since then, in 2016, Clinton won Colorado by 5%, and Bennet retained his seat by 5.5%. And, in recent history, in 2018, Dems won the Gov (by 10%), AG (6%), SoS (8% against an incumbent), and Treas. (7%). Garnder's only advantage, incumbency, is significantly tempered, if not eliminated by how unpopular Trump is in Colorado. I'm not counting my chickens, but he does not have any electoral college to save him when he loses the popular vote.

  5. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    Cory is going to have to pick up a new way to stay in shape in 2020 when he no longer has to run away from ordinary Coloradans

  6. dan axelrod says:

    Flip 6 to ditch Mitch. 


  7. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    I don't see Gary Peters (D-MI) being in any real danger of losing his seat. Especially with the Michigan manufacturing sector getting hammered again this week by US Steel layoffs.

  8. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    So, now we are shitting on car salesmen?
    Have you no shame, sir?

    How about "the Happy Warrior has become an Amway rep"?

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