TOO EXTREME FOR COLORADO: Udall Right at Home With Extreme Liberal Blog Daily Kos

You’d be forgiven if you missed a little article in Politico Magazine this week PeakNation™. Its authors were decrying how the founder of The Daily Kos, an extreme left blog, was celebrating the decimation of moderate Democrats in Congress over the past few years.

In a remarkable post yesterday, [Markos] Moulitsas, founder and publisher of the progressive community site DailyKos, celebrates the departure from the Senate of 10 moderate Democrats over the last decade, and makes clear his hope that Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) lose their tough reelection battles this year. He doesn’t name some other moderates in tight races, like Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), but his logic suggests that he’d be only too happy to say goodbye to them as well. [the Peak emphasis]

What is remarkable about the Daily Kos article isn’t so much what’s in it, but what’s not.  Or, who’s not.  This is a blog post devoted entirely to celebrating the destruction of moderate Democrats, and the hope the rest of the Democrats’ moderates meet their end soon, and there is not a single mention of Senator Mark Udall, who desperately wants to be a moderate. continue…


HAMMER DROPS: Americans for Prosperity About to Unload on Udall, Udall Left Between Rock and Hard Place

Senator Mark Udall’s Rasmussen poll numbers published last week  might be as good as it gets for the embattled Senator.  Starting this week, Americans For Prosperity are going up on TV with this ad for a buy of $500,000 that will run over the next three weeks as reported by Politico.  This will be paired with a simultaneous buy for the Colorado Springs TV market to the tune of $340,000.  The Professional Left has already come out hard against the ad trying to disparage it in any way they can.  Noticeably absent in their many critiques is the content.  It’s not so much who is saying the words, as the words themselves:

From the ad:

“And millions of people have lost their health insurance.  Millions of people can’t see their own doctor.  And millions are paying more and getting less.”

Bang the table and shout at the top of your lungs Lefties because these statements are true and Udall is fully culpable for each of them.

We’ve linked to earlier AFP ads that have gone up around the country to great effect saying at the time:

We’re betting Senator Mark Udall is praying Americans For Prosperity runs out of money before the organization gets a chance to unleash these devastating ads against him in Colorado.

Not only has AFP not run out of money, but it seems Udall has jumped quite a few other vulnerable Democratic U.S. Senators in line as an AFP target.  We can’t blame them as bad news on Obamacare and various miscues have taken Udall’s re-election chances from bad to worse.

This has left Udall in need of drastic measures.  On one hand, he can go all in after this week’s bedtime story and whore himself out to billionaire Tom Steyer in hopes Steyer’s eco-dollars can combat AFP’s money.   While this will endear Udall to the far left (and his wife), polls have shown the majority of Coloradans are in favor of building the Keystone XL pipeline, something Steyer refuses to support in any form.  On the other hand, he can try to neutralize Keystone XL by pulling a Ken Salazar, but this route kisses Steyer’s dollars goodbye and makes for some awkward backtracking (not to mention it reserves him a spot sleeping on the couch for the foreseeable future).

Looking around and realizing there’s nothing but bad options is a sure sign of a failing campaign.


CENTENNIAL STATE SIDE-STEP: Udall Dodges Questions as Artfully as a Fat Guy in a Tutu

Liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s family has been in politics for over 100 years and this is how he dances around a question?  Who knew he had two political left feet?

After seeing the devastating impact of Obamacare in the special election in Florida on Tuesday, vulnerable Democrats around the country are scrambling in every direction.  Some who figure they’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t, have doubled down saying not only would they vote for Obamacare again, they don’t think it went far enough (*cough* Romanoff *cough*).  Yet, others are throwing themselves on the ground faster than a gigolo at a church revival, begging repentance and promising change in their heart after seeing the light.  Udall?  Well he’s the one with so much fear in his eyes he doesn’t know whether to go left or right, and just stands paralyzed by fear like a deer in headlights.  As Politico reports it: continue…


PANIC! Dem Donors Abandon House to Save Senate at all Costs

It’s good thing Andrew Romanoff raised all that money in 2013 because rumblings from Washington say that Democrat donors are triaging their fundraising because they realize how disastrous 2014 will be for them and, instead of wasting money by tilting at windmills in the House, they will shift all their focus to a handful of Senate races to keep the upper chamber from Republican hands.

(Hmph, PeakNation™ can you think of any Senate race that most thought was safe last year but has since gone into a nosedive???)  According to Politico:

With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate. [the Peak emphasis]



10-POINT SWING: CNN/ORC Poll Shows Dems Lose 2014 Congressional Advantage

As recently as last month, Democrats held a 50% to 42% advantage on the generic ballot.  Not anymore, thanks to the abysmal failure of Obamacare.  A CNN/ORC survey released today shows that the GOP has taken the lead on the generic ballot 49% to 47%.

The survey asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in the respondents’ congressional district without specifically naming a candidate.  ORC International conducted the poll on November 18 through 20.  The telephone included responses by 843 adult Americans, of which 740 were registered voters.  The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. continue…


PeakFeed: Politico Calls Hick Re-Elect A Nail Biter

Governor Hickenlooper may like to joke about his collapsing poll numbers, but Politico suggests his newfound political peril is no laughing matter.

In an article about the gubernatorial races across the country in 2014, Hickenlooper is singled out as a Democrat governor with a tough re-election ahead of him.

Referencing the latest Quinnipiac poll of Colorado that found Hickenlooper’s numbers collapsing faster than Greece’s credit score, Politico suggests Hick’s 2014 re-election could be a “nail biter.”

Per Politico‘s James Hohmann:

In Colorado, for example, Hickenlooper was one of the nation’s most popular governors not long ago. A push for background checks in the wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting and a temporary reprieve for a man on death row brought his numbers back to earth. He’s still favored to win reelection, but one recent poll suggests it will be a nail-biter.


TOP 2014 RACE: Coffman vs. Romanoff

A recent article in Politico has called Colorado’s Sixth Congressional race between current Republican U.S. Representative Mike Coffman and Democrat Andrew Romanoff the toughest in the state for 2014 and, possibly, the toughest in the nation for the off-year election.  The article cites the Rothenberg Political Report which calls the district a “pure toss up”.

Politico cites Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Brandon Lorenz as saying, “Andrew is one of the top fundraising challengers in the country on either side of the aisle.  He is going to absolutely have the money he needs to win this race.”

That said, Romanoff’s recent entry into the race should have meant that he was plucking “low-hanging” fundraising dollars and yet Coffman still out-raised Romanoff last reporting cycle.  Coffman has fundraising powerhouse Starboard behind him, which the article failed to mention.

While the article was a little light on Republican opinions, it did quote former U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo, who represented the district prior to Coffman.  He called the race a “really, really big money battle”.

Political commentator Eric Sondermann also offered his insight:

“I suspect the district will largely follow the national trend line.  If Romanoff either has a neutral breeze or a slight breeze at his back, he can win that seat. My question is: Can he win that seat if there’s a head wind? And I’m not sure that he can.”

And, that’s true, but Coffman won in 2012 even as Obama took 53% of the vote in CD6. He also won in the bloodbath of 2006 in a statewide race, proving that he’s not your average endangered Republican. A former combat veteran, Coffman knows how to survive a firefight. Romanoff might need more than a neutral or slight breeze to take CD6.


BULLSH*T ORG: Democratic Front Group for Hunters

This organization has bull in it alright, but probably not the intended.  The Bull Moose Sportsmen recently was cited by Politico in an article about hunting groups that are advocating for background checks.  In a full dress down of the “bull” article, The Washington Times exposed the group’s astroturfing ways, and its connection to none other than Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senators. Here’s what the Times noted about Bull Moose Sportsmen’s financial ties to Sen. Michael Bennet:

“According to some public filings, the ‘non-partisan nonprofit organization’ gave $17,000 in the 2012 federal election, and all of it went to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. It spent $117,540 in support of Mr. Bennet in the 2010 cycle. The group raised $354,228 in 2011 and spent $295,863.”

Perricone also served as the former regional political director of Democratic Senator Mark Udall.
From LinkedIn:

Interestingly enough, Perricone’s Bull Moose partner in crime, Tim Mauck, also served as finance director for Udall in 2012.  Not to be left out, Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper also has ties to Perricone as Hickenlooper appointed Perricone to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission earlier this year.  Perricone’s term is up in 2015.

If the BullShit Moose Sportsmen organization wants to provide an outlet for Democrat sportsmen, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.  But, when an organization portends to be a “nonpartisan” group that represents the “complete” sportsmen’s agenda, we have to call BS.


RISING STAR: Congressman Cory Gardner Spotlighted By Politico, Roll Call

Congressman Cory Gardner has quickly risen in the ranks in his short time in Congress and now two prominent DC publications are taking notice. Last week, Politico dubbed Gardner one of five "Politico Pro Players" in its annual 50 Politicos to Watch list. Then today, Roll Call named Gardner one of five stand out freshmen members.

From Politico's write up:

Freshman Rep. Cory Gardner has been pushed to the forefront of the House GOP effort to keep the Environmental Protection Agency in check and expand domestic energy production.  

But the Colorado Republican is angling himself as part of a future strategy that may have to bend more toward compromise after much divisive debate this Congress.  

“This is sort of the frustration I have with Republicans; it’s a frustration I have with Democrats,” he told POLITICO in a June 26 interview. “It seems to me that if you have a bill out of the House, the only thing it can be on is traditional energy. If you have a bill out of the Senate, the only thing it can be on is renewable energy.”  

…Gardner is in a safe Republican district in what is overall a presidential swing state. His free-market approach to a diverse set of energy sources is pretty much in line with those of many GOP colleagues.  

“I think the EPA, Interior, they’ve hurt a lot of Western producers in the amount of time it’s taken some permits [to move] through the various agencies,” he said.

We at the Peak know a little something about this list, as we were selected as one of five bloggers to watch last year, though our anonymity ultimately kept us from winning. 

If Gardner has been anything in DC, it's certainly not anonymous. Roll Call also notices:

A top staffer to former Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) before being elected to the Colorado state House, Gardner said his time on Capitol Hill gave him an understanding of what people demand of their leaders, namely competence.  

“There are a lot of the same kinds of issues now that we were dealing with in 2002,” he said, naming Allard’s work on a highway bill and a farm bill that year. “What helped was to see what worked and what didn’t work.”  

It also made him a known commodity and a favorite of leaders, especially on energy messaging.

Gardner's district is now considered one of the safest, if not the safest, GOP seat in Colorado. With a stellar record like this from only his first 18 months, it's no wonder Democrats decided to throw his opponent, Brandon Shaffer, under the bus during redistricting. 


SUCKS TO BE MIKLOSI: Big Shot Lefties Back Coffman, Tell Joe “Ummm…No!”

Talk about adding insult to injury. After a fourth quarter fundraising haul that had left wing mouthpiece Colorado Pols tell Congressional candidate Joe Miklosi his campaign was "all but over," now a big dog Democrat donor is defecting from Miklosi's camp.

Kurtis Lee of The Denver Post was first to report yesterday on Steve Farber, who led the effort to raise $50 million for Obama's Denver convention, is co-hosting a fundraiser for incumbent GOP Congressman Mike Coffman, and making the maximum $2,500 donation to his campaign. 

Do you think Farber warned Mark Grueskin he was going to do this when Grueskin was up to his eyeballs in legal briefs to gerrymander CD6 for Democrats? We guess not. 

Now this embarrassing embarrassment of a defection for Miklosi has gone national. Politico's David Catanese picked up on the news item yesterday, and let all the big dogs know in DC that Miklosi is officially dead in the Congressional waters. 

This couldn't come at a worse time for old Joe's campaign, what with the end of the first fundraising quarter of 2012 rapidly approaching — a quarter that Miklosi's campaign has said repeatedly is an essential fundraising quarter. 

When news of Farber's fundraising for Coffman went public, the state Democrat Party was quick to shoot themselves in the foot and publicly trash a major party donor.

Colorado Democrat Party Executive Director Alec Garnett tweeted: "Farber also supported Beauprez in his run against Ritter for Governor in 2006. We all remember how that turned out @lynn_bartels #copolitics"

Lynn, any chance you could ask Farber to respond to the attack from Garnett?

State Democrats are now stuck between a rock solid donor and a hard campaign to win.

Sucks to be Miklosi.

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