(Yeah, THAT was the problem — promoted by Colorado Pols)
A leading Colorado U.S. Senate candidate hopped on the radio last week and basically told Colorado’s swing voters they don’t care about climate change, preserving Obamacare, abortion rights, gun safety, democracy, immigration reform, courts… .
Eli Bremer, a former Olympian who’s running (first) to win the Republican primary and (second) to unseat U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), made these comments on right-wing radio as part of his minefield-laden campaign in which he has to look as if he likes Trump (to win over Republicans) without embracing Trump (to keep almost everyone else in Colorado from running away from him later).
According to Bremer, Voters disliked Trump’s “tone of voice” so much last year that they forgot about how much they liked his policies.
“I think that there are a lot of people who didn’t like Donald Trump’s tone of voice, and they didn’t vote based on policies in the last election,” Bremer told KNUS’ Peter Boyles Nov. 3. “They voted based on personalities, and now they’re having some serious voter regret. And if Republicans capitalize on this in 2022, if we talk about policies, our policies work. Mayors are a dumpster fire train wreck. And if we can keep it on those policies and go and make it about our policies, we’re going to sweep the next election.”
In other words, get over the shallow personality problems, Bremer says. What you didn’t like about Trump was his snotty voice.
Did Colorado’s unaffiliated voters — who are in charge when it comes to elections here — really not understand what Trump stood for, policy-wise?
He tried to kill Obamacare. He torpedoed all immigration reform, even for DREAMers. He basically denied climate change, set us on a path to criminalizing abortion in many states, mocked the justice system and journalism, and may have ended democracy as we know it by spreading conspiracies about the election.
No doubt, Trump himself drove left-leaning voters to the polls in 2020. If Trump were to disappear, Democrats would likely have a tougher road ahead.
But he won’t disappear, and even if he did, check out any poll of Colorado’s unaffiliated voters and you see (mostly) that the policies of the Trump Republicans are mostly hated.
Yet, Bremer says (repeated for emphasis):
“I think that there are a lot of people who didn’t like Donald Trump’s tone of voice and they didn’t vote based on policies in the last election. They voted based on personalities, and now they’re having some serious voter regret.”
You feel for Bremer who’s got a thankless primary ahead of him, and maybe he could pull this off in some other state. But not in Colorado.