That came out of nowhere, and it probably ensured that Mark Udall’s campaign would falter in CO-SEN. Not that I mind, because Mark Udall’s constant consultant-based rhetorical strategy was indeed awful, but I have to wonder. What triggered it?
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Wednesday called on President Obama to “purge” his administration of the CIA officials who were involved in the “enhanced interrogation” program detailed in a new Senate report.
“It’s bad enough to not prosecute these officials but to reward and promote them is incomprehensible,” Udall said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “The president needs to purge his administration.”
If this election was anything except a fully mail-in ballot election, that would be DOOM right there. Heck, if it was Colorado’s second mail-in ballot election it’d be DOOM. But between this, yesterday’s absolute disaster of an attempted hit piece against Gardner, and of course the polling… Cory Gardner is nicely in the glide path for winning in two and a half weeks. There are some things that the margin of fraud* can do nothing for.
But no sense being complacent. Cory Gardner for Senate.
*I do believe in it; I merely think that the percentages involved are a lot narrower than do many of my colleagues. I suspect that it is mostly used to make sure that the ‘right’ people win Democratic primaries. Not as many people looking at those races and in many cases winning the primary = winning the election.
Short version: Cory Gardner supports making birth control pills available OTC. Mark Udall opposes everything Cory Gardner does, because of the way that Cory Gardner does it. So Cory Gardner asked Udall whether Udall supported making birth control pills available OTC at all… and Mark Udall declined to answer. Because Mark Udall is counting on Planned Parenthood’s support, and since Planned Parenthood is making a nice hunk of change out of the current regulatory system (courtesy of the American taxpayer), well…
Alternate title: Meet Sen. Mark Uterus, Democratic candidate for Colorado’s Collective Reproductive System.
Look, I didn’t call Senator Mark Udall ‘Mark Uterus:’ the debate moderator last night did. And I have rarely seen so many people on Twitter be incredulous over something as those people were to hear that this happened:
“Mr. Udall, your campaign has been so focused on women’s issues that you’ve been dubbed ‘Mark Uterus.’
…Have you gone too far?”
In the course of an hour-long debate with Gardner in Grand Junction, Colo., [Mark] Udall said that “ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation.” He cited his membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to substantiate that assertion, and he even invoked the names of the American journalists murdered at the hands of the Islamic State in the course of his pleas for restraint.
“I can tell you,” Udall said, “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive. Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don’t be impulsive, come up with a plan to knock ISIL back.”
Pretty hard-hitting one from Americans For Prosperity.
This post from January addresses what Mark Udall did: the short version is that Senator Udall tried to pressure Colorado state officials into cooking the books to make it look like Obamacare didn’t cancel several hundred thousand people’s insurance policies. This was, of course, later whitewashed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s pet cronies, because what is the point of having fellow-Democrats in office if they can’t cover for one of their own? Even when the Democrat in question blatantly lied: Continue reading AFP’s anti-Mark Udall ad: ‘Unaffordable.’
It must be nice to never have to worry about following the rules and regulations that one has imposed on the rest of us. Case in point: Colorado Democrat Sen. Mark Udall’s failure to pay unemployment insurance tax. Not the stupidest thing that a Democratic Senator has ever done, but it’s dang sloppy: as Colorado Peak Politics notes, “You’d think a campaign as well funded as liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s could afford a compliance guy.”
I SAID… Senator Udall? Will President Obama be campaigning with you in Colorado? (Transcript below via RCP link)
DANA BASH, CNN: Is he a liability for you, the president back home?
SEN. MARK UDALL (D-CO): When the president comes to Colorado and talks about our all-the-above energy approach — we’ve got lots of natural gas and solar power — that resonates with Coloradoans. When he talks about making sure our veterans are treated properly that resonates with Coloradoans.