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.