THANKS BUT NO THANKS: Democrats’ Iraqi Liberation Moment Has Come Via Obamacare

In a slap across Democrats’ face, a poll on Obamacare released by Kaiser Health News shows the uninsured are against the legislation by a margin of two to one.

The very people the law was meant to help the most hate Obamacare.

Those with an unfavorable opinion of the law increased from 43% in December to 47% in January, while those with a favorable opinion of the law drastically dropped from 36% in December to 24% in January.

This is not good news for liberal Senator Mark Udall, who cast one of the deciding votes, and who even went as far as to promise that if you like your plan you can keep it.  Now, 335,000 Coloradans have firsthand experience of why that promise was made “Lie of the Year” by PolitFact.



CRAPTASTIC ADS: Miklosi and Pace Release Lame New Spots

Democratic Congressional challengers Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi released what are best described as “craptastic” new ads today.

For Miklosi, it is the first ad of his vastly underfunded campaign, and as The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee notes, it doesn’t even try to introduce the little-known Denver State Representative. It’s an odd choice considering Miklosi just moved into the 6th Congressional District in February, and he currently represents a Denver House District that has virtually no overlap with the Congressional District he’s running in, giving him little built-in name ID.

The spot itself is painful to watch. Miklosi’s acting feels like it belongs in a late-night infomercial rather than a contested Congressional race ad. Tell us more, Joe, about how the Juice Cleanse 4000 saved your life.



CAVALRY COMES FOR TIPTON: American Action Network Spending Money On Phones, Mail For Incumbent

The American Action Network (AAN), a conservative outside group who played heavily in the 2010 midterms, is joining the fight in Colorado's CD3, coming to Scott Tipton's defense on Medicare reform. The group is spending $1.2 million across 27 Congressional districts with messages in support of those who voted to reform Medicare. The campaign was first announced on Politico's Morning Score tipsheet.

You can see a copy of a mailer sent in the AAN campaign for another one of the Republicans being given air cover here

Scott Tipton's campaign in the 3rd Congressional district is virtually certain to be one of the closest races this cycle. His opponent, state Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination), is getting support from Nancy Pelosi through the Red-to-Blue program and national Republicans are supporting Tipton through the NRCC's Patriot Protection Program.

AAN is riding in to back up Tipton after a number of left wing attack groups have gone after the incumbent recently, with mostly ineffective web videos.

AAN is no small force either. In the 2010 elections, the group spent over $26 million on campaign ads.  

What's interesting about the Medicare message is a year ago Democrats thought they had a kill shot in the House vote for the Ryan Plan, which would have revamped Medicare so it actually exists when people paying into the system now reach eligibility age. 

With Politifact calling Democrats' assertion that the Ryan Plan would "end Medicare" the "Lie of the Year," that talking point has been weakened substantially.

Add that in with Obamacare, which Pace is on the record supporting, cutting $500 billion from Medicare, and you have a much more muddled message for Democrats to attack their GOP counterparts. 

It's going to be a long and nasty campaign in the 3rd CD. With AAN joining the fray, Tipton is getting a nice little boost just as the campaign is starting to ramp up. 


IRONY ALERT: Enviro Ad Thanks Obama For Rejecting Lobbyists After He Hires Enviro Lobbyist

In a case of what Mark Hillman would call delicious irony, the Environmental Defense Fund is running a web ad that thanks Obama for "rejecting lobbyists — and protecting kids" a day after it was revealed that Obama hired a high powered environmental lobbyist to run his re-election campaign in Colorado.

See the ironic ad sent in by a loyal reader here:

The Denver Post reported on Monday that Carrie Doyle, who has been a leading anti-drilling lobbyist in Colorado, will run the Obama re-election effort in the state. 

Not only is a lobbyist running Obama's Colorado campaign, but immediately upon taking office Obama began issuing waivers for his rule against hiring lobbyists, placing influence peddlers in some of the most important positions in government. Those positions include the Deputy Secretary at the Pentagon, Deputy Secretary at Health and Human Services (HHS) and Chief of Staff at the Treasury.

In 2009, Politifact labeled Obama's promise to not hire lobbyists in his administration the "most significant promise broken" in his first 100 days in office. 

Can we please now get past the ridiculous talking point of the Obamabots?

Obama loves lobbyists. He hires them at the highest places of power in his campaign and administration. 

And it is exactly this kind of hypocrisy that will provide endless ammunition to the eventual GOP nominee to point out the Grand Canyon-esque gap between candidate Obama and President Obama. 


POLITIFACT LIE OF THE YEAR: “Republicans Voted To End Medicare” Named Biggest Whopper Of 2011

There is only word to describe the left side of the political divide in America today: apoplectic. After PolitiFact named their favorite fallacy, that Republicans "voted to end Medicare," the Lie Of The Year, the left has gone on the warpath against the fact-checking organization. How dare a media outlet accuse liberals of willfully propagating disinformation!

PolitiFact, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, is the fact-checking arm of the St. Petersburg Times and rates statements by politicians based on the level of truth the authors find present in the statement. Awarding the Medi-scare fiction it's top spot for lies of the year is a big blow to Democrats who planned on making it a centerpiece of their messaging matrix next year. It just won't have the same resonance after being called "Lie of the Year." 

Democrat Congressional candidates in Colorado, from Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination) to Rep. Joe Miklosi (D-Denver) have made this false accusation repeatedly throughout the year. Guess it's time for them to fess up to not telling the truth. 

We hope some intrepid journalists search down every Democrat who has spouted this subterfuge and asks them to explain why they lied to the people of Colorado. 

Bet they'd at least get some colorful copy. 

Congressman Paul Ryan, the conservative budget wunderkind who developed the entitlement reform package that Democrats have been caught lying about, had this to say on Facebook when sharing the Politifact announcement:

It’s official: The President and his party’s leaders’ false attacks on our plan to save and strengthen Medicare is the 2011 Lie of the Year. Instead of scare-tactics and demagoguery, we deserve credible, serious solutions to strengthen health and retirement security for America’s seniors.

It's not every day that conservatives get a fair shake from the mainstream media.

We don't know what makes us happier: conservatives getting a fair shake or the apoplectic liberals losing their minds over the same.

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