Andrew Romanoff’s perpetual campaign meets Mike Coffman’s Elmer Fudd style
I don’t usually get personal in these columns, but this week I have to send out a “what’s up” to someone who’s made me feel like a member of his family: Andrew Romanoff.
Many readers will remember Andy from his endless running for office, along with time spent in the Colorado Legislature during his tireless crusade never to have a real job.
I come from a small family, and even when I include my various in-laws and outlaws I don’t really have a pestering relative who is always trying to get me to buy into multi-level marketing or borrow money he says he’s going to pay back when everyone knows that’s not going to happen.
Enter Andy Romanoff. I can’t even quite list the number of elected offices Andrew’s tried to get himself into since being term-limited out of his nice, safe legislative district, but it’s pretty impressive.
Now he’s trying to get elected as a United States congressman and unseat Republican Mike Coffman for the 6th Congressional District in the metro Denver area.
Pretty much every day — or at the very least, twice a week — I get emails from Andrew or one of his seemingly endless family members announcing his birthday or other such meaningful event, because we care about him. These emails also offer me the opportunity to invest in Andrew’s future by making a generous campaign contribution.
Now, I finally know what it’s like to have that indolent brother-in-law who thinks he can make a living writing commercial jingles or doing something wonderful with the Internet.
The difference here is that it’s possible that Romanoff could win, according to a political analysis done by the Cook Report, which specializes in looking at political races. They call the 6th Congressional District a toss-up. That’s not as surprising as it sounds, since the Republican in that office, Coffman, has managed to articulate his conservative philosophy with the communication skills of a young Elmer Fudd.
This isn’t to say that Coffman’s not a pretty solid performer and doesn’t have an impressive commitment to his country, which is shown in his military background. The problem for him, as with a lot of Republicans, is he doesn’t make much of a case for himself or his principles.
It’s a continuing problem we see with many of the second- and third-tier politicians from the Republican side who wander lost in a forest of conservative platitudes, occasionally shouting out: “Smaller government!” “Fiscal discipline!” And don’t forget the ever-popular, “I’m more like Ronald Reagan than my primary opponent!”
Most of these folks have a hard time explaining what they want to see government accomplish because simple, effective solutions are not what we’re schooled to believe in anymore. For instance, it ought to be what we want to accomplish, not some hazy “government.”
Everything is supposedly much too nuanced for the average person to understand, and uncomplicated answers — such as the economy works best with minimal bureaucratic involvement — sound scary to a lot of Republican legislators. Consequently, they don’t say anything of substance and peep out occasionally to say just a bit they hope will sound pleasing to their supporters.
The Romanoffs of the world take a different tack, they never stop talking — not working, mind you, just talking. You do the working and paying; they do the talking and supervising.
Conservatives like Coffman need to get rid of the notion that as things don’t work out, liberals will see the error of their ways and get behind solutions in line with human nature.
It won’t happen because the left doesn’t see failures of economic policy as failures of policy but failures of obtaining enough power and money to make the policy work. They think if it were not for uncontrolled tea party smart alecs and talk radio pundits, policies that have failed at every single attempt for the last 5,000 years of human history would have succeeded.
The short message to Republicans: Advance a plan that’s simple, understandable and tested. Also, the next time the Romanoffs of the world pester you for money, ask them if they’d like to invest in your perpetual motion machine. Just like their ideas — with enough money it could work.
Rick Wagner writes more on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.