While The Denver Post‘s Allison Sherry may buy U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s BS about being able to lead the DSCC and be a bipartisan guy at the same time, an actually bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators think differently.
WASHINGTON — Two senators have thought twice about Sen. Michael Bennet’s new job as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a partisan organization whose goal seems to be at cross-purposes with the Colorado Democrat’s work with a bipartisan group of senators whose stated goal is to fix the federal government’s fiscal woes.
“Isn’t it going to be awkward? Sure. But is it going to be any more awkward than [being] a member of the Senate? I’m not sure,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), a member of the “Gang of Eight,” said in an interview Thursday at the Capitol.
“Certainly, it’s unusual. I don’t know if there’s a precedent for it,” Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), said as he walked into the Senate Democrats’ weekly Thursday luncheon.
This is one of many reasons The Colorado Observer is such a necessary element to our current media atmosphere. While the state’s flagship newspaper acts as little more than a press release service to our junior Senator, the Observer does some actual reporting and exposes Bennet’s claim as garbage.
There’s nothing wrong with Bennet taking the partisan job at the DSCC, and getting a high profile committee seat as a quid pro quo either. What’s wrong is allowing Bennet to pretend he’s still Mr. Bipartisan while working in the most partisan position in the US Senate.
Unlike Sherry, Stricherz actually rounds up a pretty impressive bipartisan list of US Senators to weigh in on Bennet’s claim, with some on both sides calling it into question, while others accept it. That’s called reporting, Allison.