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March 03, 2020 01:28 PM UTC

Gardner's 2020 Strategy: Say the Word "Socialism" A Lot

  • by: Colorado Pols
Not a real sign. Yet.

As far as anyone can tell, Senator. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is indeed running for re-election in 2020. In Colorado.

Gardner’s campaign strategy is just starting to get rolling — we’ve seen hints of it in his rare public comments — and it looks like the narrative is going to be fairly simple:

  1. Cory Gardner believes in Colorado and he believes in America and you should vote for him unless you hate Colorado and hate America;
  2. Cory Gardner does not like socialism;
  3. Both #1 and #2.

That’s pretty much all you get from Gardner, as you can see from this Tweet today:

If this seems like an oversimplification of a much more complex argument…well, that’s because it is. Gardner’s only real path to victory in November is to scare voters about socialism while he marches around the state blasting “God Bless America” from his truck speakers. There are student council candidates with more substantive platforms.

Also not a real sign. Yet.

In Gardner’s defense, he doesn’t have many other options here. He can’t really pretend to care about health care anymore. He can crow about moving 27 whole people to a new Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction, but that’s more of a bullet point than a message.

Gardner is so thoroughly attached to President Trump that nobody would believe him if he claimed to be bipartisan. He’ll definitely talk about the Arkansas Valley Conduit project, but that only takes up about 15 seconds. Gardner certainly won’t mention that The Denver Post famously un-endorsed him…and you can’t put “Coloradans deserves better than Cory Gardner” on a yard sign.

“SOCIALISM BAD!” obviously works a lot better for Gardner if Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Presidential nominee. It doesn’t make any sense as a tactic against likely Democratic Senate nominee John Hickenlooper, however, and it’s pretty pointless if Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg win the Democratic Presidential nomination (but he’ll still say it anyway).

This is Gardner’s 2020 playbook. He’ll scream about socialism and pray for a Sanders nomination, and he’ll hope like hell that nobody notices that he’s never in Colorado. If the top of the Democratic ticket in November is, say, Biden and Hickenlooper, then “Plan B” is to drone on forever about how much he “believes” in Colorado and “believes” in America.

Things are looking blue indeed for Cory Gardner.


6 thoughts on “Gardner’s 2020 Strategy: Say the Word “Socialism” A Lot

  1. I believe in Colorado and America.  That's why I will happily vote him out.  If Hick is the nominee, I double-dog dare Coreless Cory to stick with that socialism tack.

  2. Senator Weasel done real good! . . . 

    “To hear Kennedy talk about this pipeline that was almost 60 years ago,” said U.S. Senator Cory Gardner to KRDO Thursday. “To think that it didn’t come until 2020, I don’t know if Kennedy thought it would take this long, but we are actually starting to make real progress.”

    The conduit is a 130-mile water pipeline connecting the Pueblo Dam to Lamar, and it aims at providing fresh water to near 40 communities in Southeast Colorado — rural communities facing water quality problems. 

    “This is going to help these communities stabilize their water costs. It’s going to allow them to talk about people moving into their communities,” said Gardner. “And ultimately attracting new businesses cause they now have abundant affordable clean water.”

    Gardner told the Pueblo Chieftain on Tuesday the $28 million will help finish the final design, pre-construction costs, and begin construction to get to the city of Boone. However, the money approved would not complete the entire project.

    . . . Republican capitalism at its very best!

    “I have a dream, that before the end of the next millenium, Congress will build a water pipeline to Boone. But why, some say, Boone? Why choose this as our goal? We choose to build a pipe to Boone. We choose to go to Boone in the next millennium and do the other things, because they are easy. Any sorry gaggle of idiots in Congress should be able to make this happen.”

    1. Paint me skeptical that bringing fresh water to Boone is going to reshape the future of its 339 residents.  

      Where was (then Congressman) Gardner six years ago when we had an Administration and Ag Secretary fully committed to these stressed rural regions with Strike Force? (that was a rhetorical question Nutter.  The real answer is he was busy hating on the black guy and casting his 60th+ vote to gut the ACA)  


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