Coloradans were greeted with news this week that their Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) was hand-picked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to head up the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
In this new post, Mr. Bennet will be Mr. Reid’s attack dog in chief, charged with defending Democrat incumbents and candidates running for the the U.S. Senate, whatever the cost.
A lush job reserved for Washington insiders, Bennet should fit right in – having grown up in the District of Columbia.
Curiously enough, Senator Bennet has spent the past few years touring the State of Colorado in his blue jeans and rolled up shirt sleeves working to convince folks that he’s a regular Joe Sixpack just like them.
With about twenty Democrats to defend in the next election cycle, we wonder just how much of Senator Wunderkind Coloradans will be seeing in the next couple of years.
While there’s little doubt that Bennet’s star as a DC insider is rising, we can’t help but draw comparisons to another red-state Senator that went native in the nation’s capital city, Mr. Tom Daschle.
Diligently climbing the ladder within the Senate takes time, and the young senator from South Dakota worked his way all the way up to be the Majority Leader of the Senate. However, it didn’t take long for his conservative constituents back home to throw him out on his ear for paying more attention to the likes of Terry McAuliffe and George Soros than to them.
But Michael Bennet’s education and impeccable political pedigree make him much smarter than Tom Daschle. And, with President Obama painting Colorado blue again this year, surely Senator Bennet will be a shoo-in for re-election in 2016, right?
We’re not so sure. And we suspect that Mr. Bennet’s new responsibilities as a chief promoter of the Democratic Party’s radical national agenda may tarnish the moderate image he has worked so hard to cultivate in Colorado over the last four years.