We tend to operate under the theory that nothing surprises us when it comes to Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo).
He’s married to one of the environmental movement’s queen bees; he pushes for massive federal subsidies for wind power on one hand while railing against tax credits for Colorado job creators (natural gas companies) on the other hand.
In short, he reminds us of a man in a dark room fumbling for a light switch.
Even so, some things are so befuddling that they warrant mention. Take, for example, news from the Montrose Daily Press that one of Western Colorado’s most combative Green Lobby campaigners, none other than Pete Kolbenschlag, was given a hard-to-get ticket to attend the inaguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this week.
Reading the story, it seems as though the environmentalist organizer made an initial inquiry and was rebuffed — just to get a call later to let him know that Colorado’s senior Senator had a ticket for him.
Now, we know as well as anyone that the last thing a Senator going in to re-election wants to do is set off a wing-nut in his base but this whole thing seems a bit odd. We find it a bit hard to believe that there wasn’t another Coloradan more deserving of this coveted ticket than this guy.
Perhaps in the future the Senator will let rest of his constituents know what the process is for getting a ticket to avoid such glaring examples of how Washington’s Iron Triangle works.