Udall Hopes to Win with Bennet’s Playbook

June 13, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall

Sen. Mark Udall and his shadow

National Democrats have become confident that Sen. Mark Udall can win a second term by replaying the 2010 tape. That’s the one in which Udall’s Senate doppelgänger, Michael Bennet, pulled off an improbable victory over Republican Ken Buck.

The idea is pretty straightforward — paint the opponent negatively (It doesn’t hurt, by the way, if the opponent cooperates with a series of missteps) offer a few progressive nostrums (If you like your doctor, you can keep him) and have a well-organized get-out-the-vote effort funded by the president.

But 2010 isn’t exactly the same as 2014.

In 2010, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans had yet to get health insurance cancellations, for instance.

In 2010, Obama and Bennet were able to claim they had done battle with al Qaeda and were winning. A horrible thing, however, happened on the way to victory over al Qaeda.

The supposedly battered al Qaeda types dragged U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens through the streets of Benghazi and the Obama administration lied about who had killed four Americans — and why.

Udall has supposedly distanced himself from Obama by complaining ever so loudly, but without actual effect, about NSA spying.

Udall, however, is careful to never mention Obama in connection with the NSA’s domestic overreaches. On Benghazi, Udall has been strangely silent. And we all know that Obama, and his Senate buddies, knew there was a problem in Benghazi and chose to do nothing

So Udall has been hanging window dressing of opposition without actually impeding the president’s domestic spying.

So it’s not as though Udall is running the risk of losing Obama’s money.

Quite the contrary.

Remember that Udall’s de facto compaign manager is none other than Bennet, the head of the Dems’ Senate campaign committee.

It’s Bennet’s tape that’s being replayed.

That’s why Udall is running left when, without a primary opponent, he really should be tacking to the center. He can’t do that, however, because he fears losing his left-leaning base.
That leaves plenty of room for Republican Cory Gardner to fill the vacuum, by pointing out the incompetence of the Udall-Obama pairing.

In the meantime, Udall and Bennet are doing exactly what Gardner ought to want: They’re fighting the last war without recognizing that the terrain has changed from rocky to quicksand – and they keep stepping into it.

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3 Responses to Udall Hopes to Win with Bennet’s Playbook

  1. Write of Center
    June 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    However, the Dems will concentrate on Gardner’s pro life stance and support and use that to paint him as a foot soldier in the “war on women”. The Dem’s know that the key to this election will be how middle class female independents vote.

    Since women control the family check book, he needs to hit Udall with economic issues…. rising cost of energy due to radical environmentalism, rising taxes and Obamacare.

    And Udall’s umbilical cord ties to the present administration.

  2. Dr Nick R.
    June 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    If I were Gardner, I’d run a counter-ad to Udall’s “War on Women” campaign.

    The most effective, imo, would be one that highlighted the fact that it is Udall who voted to put govt bureaucrats between them and their drs by voting for Obamacare. Have a woman standing behind the original bill and the regulations to date (at least 10,000 pages so far) along with a couple of bureaucrats and an IRS agent standing between her and her dr.

    A less effective, but poignant ad would ask the question, “How many abortions do you plan on having next year?” Follow that doozie with “Now how many times will you buy gas for your car? How many times will you buy groceries? How many times will the NSA monitor your phone calls, emails, and internet activity? How many times will you visit the dr?” “Mark Udall doesn’t seem to care about anything but the private parts of child-bearing-age women. Tell Mark Udall to keep his mind out of the gutter and to start doing his job to represent all of the citizens of Colorado and not just the private parts of child-bearing-age women.”

  3. Shredder
    June 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Udall is a dirt bag. What a useless piece of machinery.


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