Hickenlooper’s support of fracking 
drives some Dems bonkers

To paraphrase the singer Katy Perry, “Governor Hickenlooper tasted fracking fluid, and he liked it!

On Tuesday, our governor testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and said that fracking fluids are apparently not much to worry about — something many of us interested in living in the 21st century versus the 19th have been saying all along.

In fact, according to the Washington Times, he said, “You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost rituallike, in a funny way ... It was a demonstration ... they’ve invested millions of dollars in what is a benign fluid in every sense.”

Whoa, I said to myself, this cannot be playing out right for Colorado progressives, and they are having a rough week. So, I decided to drape myself in mosquito netting, package up a few gin and tonics and head into the fever swamps of the left.

Sure enough, there was outrage at the governor trying to make sense and protect his position as a reasonably popular Democrat governor — an increasingly endangered species.

I checked out a website called Coloradopols.com, which is a dense-left location that had the story and was sadly shocked by news of the governor’s statements. Of course, it offered a rebuttal about the fluid, yada yada. I’m not all that interested really. It was the comments that needed to be mined.

Sure enough, good stuff there — nasty enough to have been about Republicans. Well, not really.

My favorite comment came from someone who I suspect to be a local here in Mesa County, or at least a past one: “John “Frackenlooper” is a disgrace to his office ... Someone please primary this oil and gas toady so we can get a real Democrat in that chair.”

Wow, there is no joy in Mudville over their pragmatic leader.

After some give-and-take about when this aberrant behavior of the governor’s might end, the original author offered this tidbit: “When Morgan Carroll primaries (sic) his sorry a** ...” The prospect of the very liberal Carroll defeating Hickenlooper in the Democratic primary election in 2014 should be fantastic news for Democrats interested in only carrying Metro Denver, Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall and 51 percent of Pitkin County in the next election.

What’s really happening here is that Democrats are feeling the pressure in Colorado and have bitten off more than they can chew in the Legislature. Consequently, the governor is trying to ride the fence so squarely he may require a medical device before this is done.

It’ll be interesting to see how he handles what’s coming from the Legislature. This week, the first Senate hearings on the Democrat’s loopy gun-control measures were heard to a more-than-packed house of Second Amendment supporters.

Democrats in the Legislature aren’t used to this kind of blowback. They’re supposed to be the protesters. It was interesting to see them gaveling down mild outbursts and pointlessly lining the room with state troopers. Not what they expected and politically dangerous.

The Denver Post points out that six of the Senate seats in the Colorado Legislature up for election next year are in very competitive districts and are all presently held by Democrats. To name some names, those up for re-election are Jeanne Nicholson of Black Hawk, Andy Kerr of Lakewood and, the one closest to the brink, Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge.

The other three are open seats because their respective occupants are term-limited. The most interesting, from our point of view, is a seat now held by Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village, which actually is a large-enough district to include voters besides celebrities and angry, blue-state transplants.

Across the state, various organizations and political bodies have been passing resolutions or sending strong letters to officials about gun control and the Second Amendment. A large firearms accessory company, Magpul, even sent a letter to the Legislature saying that if it passes its endless liability on firearms bill, Magpul would leave the state with its jobs.

There was some controversy over our own Mesa County commissioners passing a supportive resolution, but it seems to me folks want to see where politicians stand. And if we can have proclamations for things like Bike to Work Day, we can have something about the Second Amendment.

Rick Wagner writes more about politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.


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