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October 15, 2010 10:13 pm MST

Denver Post: Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate

  • by: JeffcoBlue

Read it and weep, righties.…

Buck, who has served as Weld County district attorney for six years, ran as a far-right Tea Party conservative in his primary race against more moderate Jane Norton, and has now been tracking back to the center.

It hasn’t been an easy waltz. He’d trip over his feet more often in his march to the center if they weren’t in his mouth. Buck’s critics now call his tap dance “Buckpedaling.”

First, he said he supports Colorado’s “personhood” measure. Then he backed off. Now he says he isn’t sure.

During the primary, he told voters he’d support a Fair Tax. Then, when faced with a misleading Bennet attack ad, he backed off. He told one crowd he favored repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of senators, then later backpedaled…

A social conservative, Buck is further to the right than most Coloradans, opposing abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother. He also opposes gay marriage, a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and the DREAM Act – all measures we support.

They actually used “Buckpedaling.” Who says the Denver Post doesn’t read Pols?

A very thoughtful endorsement with points for everybody. But this is “Bennet’s moment.”


50 thoughts on “Denver Post: Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate

  1. I realize that this post cannot be promoted, but I thought a mention of Bennet’s endorsement was deserved. This is an insubstantial quote and justifiable under fair use.

    1. said he would oppose the Employee Free Choice Act as written.  Their support for that Act is why Singleton opposed incumbent Democrats Markey and Perlmutter.

        1. However the Pravda is most definitely becoming an untrustworthy Whore of Colorado information. It is almost like they are hiding behind their scatterbrained endorsements to APPEAR Honest.

          I do not expect a puff piece, but Geez the Rocky would never be so negative towards their endorsements.

          “Vote for this guy even though he is a slime-ball that eats Kittens”. ~ Denver Post Pravda  W-T-F ??

      1. The current health care bill is law because of Bennet’s one vote.

        That line is a talking point straight out of one of the independent smear ads. I don’t remember which one but I think it was Rove’s group American Crossroads.

        The vote on the insurance reform bill was 60-39 (Bunning was a no-show).

        Could the same thing not be said about 59 other Senators who voted for the bill?

        1. and, yes, every one of those 60 can be said to be the deciding vote.

          Trust me, it is being said of the other 59 as well, at least those who are up for re-election.

            1. On the other hand, they picked up the Buckpedaling line from Pols, so at least some of their plaigiar…err…”research” was from responsible sources;-)  

      2. That was the wierdest endorsement I have ever seen.

        I would have preferred the endorse Buck, but a close second would have been that endorsement of Bennet.  

  2. “endorsement” we could hope for from the Post.

    And I just have to note, despite all the hand wringing from Pols about the Post, they still apparently consider them hugely important.

    1. No newspaper endorsement is decisive in a race so highly visible and the subject of millions in dueling advertising.

      Pols .. still apparently considers [The Post’s endorsement] them hugely important. BJwilson


          1. It’s unfortunate that we were not able to leave this post frontpaged, but we are legally enjoined from doing so. That decision does not reflect negatively on either the author of this post or the guest editor who promoted it, we would certainly promote this otherwise.

              1. Is a person who seems to spend almost all of their free time on CPols bashing CPols.

                It’s kinda like a vegan who eats lunch at McDonalds every day, but makes sure to tell everyone around them that beef is murder while they chow down on a BigMac.

  3. Half of the endorsement was ripping apart Michael Bennet.  They barely had anything good to say about him.  All they said was that it his time to stand as a centrist and to stop being an automatic vote for Obama’s agenda.

    …Don’t get it.

    1. But he’s better than the other dumb sonofabitch.

      That’s one possibility, but it’s actually not the way I read it.

      Most businesspeople, at least the good ones (ruthless ones?), don’t vote simple ideology.  They want somebody they can do business with.

      Consistency is important. I got the impression that Buck’s Buckpedaling really has the Post worried.  I think they question whether he’s consistent enough do business with; they don’t like Bennet’s ideology but think they can do business with him.

      The Sentinel wrote a similar backhanded endorsement of Bernie Buescher in 2008.

      1. Imagined conversation during gathering at The Meadows, or somewhere:

        Dean: I’m going to endorse Buck, that SOB Bennet is a tool of labor, a bag man for the unions.

        Phil: Big mistake. EFCA is a non-issue that’s fading by the day, Mike knows how to do business and I trust him because I know him well. You just can’t trust this Buck guy to do what he says. Look at how often he’s changed his stripes in the past three months. You really want Marilyn Musgrave in pants representing us in the Senate?

        Dean: Phil, when you’re right, you’re right. I’ll even it out by endorsing Gardner and that other guy, what’s his name…Frazier.

    2. To the Post it’s anybody to the left of Interior Secy. James Watt.

      It’s the union head-butting. That’s the only thing Bennet had going for him with Singleton. Funny, too: in Monday night’s debate Bennet rejected the Employee Free Choice Act only for it’s language, as written. He’ll back the final version.

  4. Talk about praise with faint damnation. At least this one they didn’t front-page (anyway, not on the web, I don’t ever see the tree fiber edition).

    One thing that struck me was the disjointed, nearly incoherent reasoning. Paragraph to paragraph, there was no overarching narrative, no connectivity of thought. There’s evidence of a whole lot of conflicting sentiments. Singleton himself must have written it. You don’t have to be literate to own a newspaper.

    And what’s with that elipse just past the middle? Seems like he just gave up there and turned it over to someone else for a summary; they slashed out some shit and finished for him as best they could. Should have left the whole thing up to one of the editors who can think.

    1. writhe in disappointment… It’s like they did not even read past the headline.

      then a quick look at the haters zip codes places them all in far flung wealthy regions and neighborhoods.  




      CO Springs?


      sure they are “average American working poor”.

  5. Endorsements are good. Fun even. But endorsements don’t vote.

    I am amused by the foolishly sensitive Buck supporting posters that whine about how weak an endorsement it is.  As a weak and critical endorsement it says “Yeah, we don’t like this guy much, he’s not that good, but given the alternative, we gotta go with him ’cause Buck is a loon

  6. Friday night I happened to arrive fortuitously at a  Bennet/Sec.Salazar fundraiser right at the same time as both of them were entering the building.

    The post had just endorsed Michael.

    They let me tag along with the entourage. Everyone was very upbeat about  it.

  7. The Post has some integrity after all. They’ve endorsed the more reasonable candidate, even if he may not be the choice of aging, more conservative newspaper readers.

    Kudos to the Post.

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