Democratic infighting brings smile to conservative observers

These are the halcyon days for a conservative commentator, as each passing breeze brings to the writer more news of goofy bumbling and overreaching from the left. The topics are practically endless. It is more fun to watch than Joe Biden at a karaoke bar.

This is only true, however, if you ignore the extreme danger all this poses to our constitutional republic and to us simple folk who dwell in the Centennial State. But that’s a small price to pay when we have the opportunity to bring a good chuckle to future political observers.

One thing times like these guarantee is a rollicking amount of good political theater. Usually the prime targets are in the nation’s capital, but this election cycle we barely get out of the driveway before we run into some cause for mirth.

For instance, we have the sad spectacle of a governor who is in such deep political trouble that a blogger on the MSNBC Web site is even worried about his political survival. Callous political observers are trying to guess which political parade Gov. Bill Ritter will join next. They believe he has gone from being anti-energy, to stumping on behalf of natural gas development. And, after new oil and gas regulations that he supported played a part in eliminating thousands of high-paying energy jobs in Colorado, he is now suddenly worried about unemployment.

Many in Ritter’s own party are not highly enamored of him at the moment because throughout the last legislative session he was coy about his position on several bills supported by labor unions. A few Democratic lawmakers in dicey districts went out on a limb to vote for the measures, only to have them vetoed by the governor.

This has kept the governor off of a number of Democratic legislators’ hit parades and made them unenthusiastic troops for his re-election.

Furthering Ritter’s problems and those of other Democrats was the governor’s awesomely bizarre choice of Michael Bennet to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Ken Salazar when he became secretary of Interior. I’m pretty sure that former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff was in the process of booking a plane ticket to Washington when he got the news of Bennet’s appointment.

Only the most disoriented politico could not see that Romanoff would have a much better opportunity to hold onto the Senate seat for the Democrats than the practically invisible Bennet, whose nomination may have made the seat more accessible to Republicans than if it had not been filled at all.

This has pretty much been confirmed by the fact that Sen. Bennet has been running a distant second in polling to the elusive “candidate to be named later” choice.

The announcement of former Republican Lt. Gov. Jane Norton to seek the position has taken things from worse to much worse. Not to detract from Norton’s obvious credentials, but it’s a pretty sad state of affairs for an incumbent senator when a former lieutenant governor, not exactly a rock star position in the political world, sucks all the air out of the campaign just by announcing.

Couple this with Romanoff’s own announcement to challenge Bennet in a primary battle and it seems the only question about this political bullfight will be if the senator is dispatched by the picador or the matador.

Many observers think Sen. Bennet will have a difficult time surviving Romanoff’s challenge. Still, it will be an interesting contest to watch because Bennet seems to have the out-of-state money while Romanoff has the legislative foot soldiers.

Meanwhile on the Eastern Front, it seems that former Republican candidate for the Senate and frequent western Colorado visitor Ryan Frazier may be getting out of the way of Jane Norton and mounting a challenge against 7th District Congressman Ed Perlmutter.

All this while the rumors of a possible Scott Tipton run for our own 3rd Congressional District seat against incumbent Congressman John Salazar continue to grow to the south.  Plenty to write about, that’s for sure.


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