O’Dea Rides To Florida For The Worst Possible Optics

GOP supervillain Mitch McConnell and his buddy Joe O’Dea.

As we discussed last week, amid the growing sense of desperation among Republicans as their chances of capturing a majority in the U.S. Senate dwindle under the weight of terrible Republican candidates throwing away winnable races, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell–who candidly admitted last week that “candidate quality” is impacting Republican odds–and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) have recently held up Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea as an example of a candidate who isn’t blowing it. This is despite the fact that no poll, including what should have been very friendly polling from Republican pollsters, has shown O’Dea anywhere close to incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

O’Dea’s “post-partisan” image took a big self-inflicted hit last week after he announced his support for 2020’s Proposition 115, an abortion restriction measure soundly rejected by Colorado voters, and stating that he favors an even more strict 20-week abortion ban–both well to the right of the precedent established by Roe. This ends O’Dea’s ability to hide behind Roe v. Wade as a way to avoid the issue, and puts O’Dea at odds with Colorado’s powerful pro-choice majority of voters.

This is an especially serious problem for O’Dea, who is running a counter-brand campaign that regularly triangulates off the Republican Party’s platform to gain traction in a state that has trended blue for years and punished the party severely at the polls in the era of Donald Trump. The absolute last thing that O’Dea wants is to be tied in the eyes of swing Colorado voters to the Republican platform, McConnell, and least of all the floundering gaggle of Republican Senate candidates in other states like election deniers Adam Laxalt, Blake Masters, and J.D. Vance.

Which makes this upcoming fundraiser in Miami we got word of yesterday a large-looming problem:

NRSC Chairman Rick Scott (R-bat cave).

That’s right, folks! On September 15th, Joe O’Dea will join Masters, Laxalt, Vance, and NRSC chairman Sen. Rick “Batboy” Scott in Miami for crudité with Dr. Oz! Once there, we expect them to have a lively discussion about all the ways Joe O’Dea is not like the others. And then they will laugh boisterously and ride horses down South Beach for sushi.

Of course none of that is going to happen, in part because nobody but Joe O’Dea rides their horse to get sushi even in Miami (although the sushi would at least be fresher than a Denver strip mall). But more importantly, this fundraiser is the frankest acknowledgment possible that despite O’Dea’s insistence that he won’t be beholden to either party, Republicans are counting on O’Dea to deliver a GOP U.S. Senate majority. They’re counting on O’Dea because most of these other Republican Senate candidates appearing with O’Dea are blowing their winnable races.

Just like Cory Gardner, O’Dea will dance with the ones who brought him.

That should be all a majority of Colorado voters need to know.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DawnPatrol says:

    Two-bit political whores and shameless, craven opportunists.

    What do these GQP reprobates stand for, other than money, power, revenge, hatred, fear and sedition?

    Why nothing, actually.

    As for the Senate: Sorry, chumps; you ain’t “takin’ back” shit. Say g’night, O’Dea.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Huh … there are a bunch of other Republicans running for Senate.  Wonder why these seven are featured and others don't get offered up.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Both Ways Joe….. So sad. You could have been a real contender.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    It does sound like it could be a nice place …

    [Keith]"Rabois and his husband, Jacob Helberg, purchased this home for $28.935M in December 2020." 

    And who are they?  "Keith Rabois is an American technology executive and investor. He is currently a general partner at Founders Fund…. Rabois invested in Yelp and Xoom prior to each company's initial public offering and sits on both companies' boards of directors "  "Rabois is among a triumvirate of dominant partners at Founders Fund, which also includes Peter Thiel and Brian Singerman."

    and I think this is the right Jacob Helberg …

    "Jacob Helberg is a senior adviser at the Stanford University Center on Geopolitics and Technology and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Helberg is also the cochair of the Brookings Institution China Strategy Initiative. From 2016 to 2020, Helberg led Google’s internal global product policy efforts to combat disinformation and foreign interference, including policy and enforcement processes against state-backed foreign interference, misinformation, and actors undermining election integrity."


  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Grandpa Chuck wants you freeloaders off his lawn!! 

  6. CPols – can you kindly send me the rest of the invite? My wife and I want to write co-host checks.

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