Cory Gardner Can’t Hide Behind Michael Bennet, Either

A new ad from Sen. Cory Gardner’s sputtering re-election campaign has no need for its full thirty second run time, since the first two seconds convey the whole message:

Using a photo of your counterpart from the opposing party is a bold gambit, like Gardner does with Sen. Michael Bennet above, and Gardner goes even farther–citing a quote from his opponent John Hickenlooper at some point in the past saying something favorable about. Presumably there’s return service of their mutual affection somewhere in the record of them both serving in office over the past decade, but that’s not what this ad is about.

In a state which has shed most of its remaining “purplish” image over the past two elections, evolving into something much closer to a Democratic-dominant blue state, Gardner trying to appeal to voters by noting the past approval of Democrats including his own opponent makes a kind of contrived sense. It’s a little…incongruous to have the same John Hickenlooper Gardner has been vilifying relentlessly suddenly held up as a character witness, but that’s what you do when you’re down by double digits in the polls.

The other risk inherent to invoking the enemy as a character reference is, they don’t have to play along:

Ouch–but it’s hard to have much sympathy for Gardner, having left the proverbial door open.

All told, this latest ad is an interesting if transparently desperate play by Gardner, for which points for effort though not actual votes should be awarded. If the polls prove right on Election Day, consistent with the steady progression to the left this state has undergone since Gardner’s narrow 2014 victory, Colorado has moved past the phase of needing to pretend what it wants politically–and that’s the role Gardner is trying to fill.

Colorado is now the wrong state for it, and 2020 is in every way the wrong year.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. notaskinnycook says:

    That's not bold. It's desperate; and pitiful.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Hard to reconcile "bipartisan" goodness with the full embrace of Trump. 

    I guess he figures he can't lose the R base by showing he's cooperating with Bennet and Hick???

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    “true spirit of Colorado…….”  Wasn’t there a time in the not so distant past where Colorado had two Republican senators? Either Brown or Allard, and Ben Campbell then switched parties?

    Of course, those were Republican senators who were dedicated to serving Colorado, not serving Trump.

  4. Gilpin Guy says:

    Didn't see the "true spirit of Colorado" when the dirtbag didn't bother to meet with Merrick Garland and instead toadied for McConnell.  Not to much "true spirit of Colorado" in rushing the confirmation of Aunt Lydia.  Nope.  Not much at all.  Definitely going to be the "true spirit of Colorado" show up on Nov. 3rd.

    • Duke Cox says:

      You know, GG. I first met and butted heads w/ Senator Slippery when he was just a fresh-faced state rep. He was a liar then and he is a liar now. He remains a loyal friend to OilyBoyz everywhere, more so even than his opponent.

      It is very rewarding at this point to watch his political demise. I am so ready to watch Coloradans "true spirit" his ass right out the door.

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