FLASHBACK: Obama Nails McCain on Voting with Bush 90%, What About Udall’s 99%?

Courtesy of Breitbart

Today’s The Spot blog by Lynn Bartels looked back to six years ago today when then-Sen. Barack Obama accepted here in Denver (Greek columns and all) the Democratic party’s nomination to be its candidate for the President of the United States.  But, a little bit of clicking led us to the actual coverage from the event.  It featured a partial transcript of Obama’s acceptance speech, in which he railed against his opponent, Sen. John McCain, for voting with President Bush 90% of the time.  In comparison, Obama’s lackey, our own liberal Sen. Mark Udall, has voted with Obama 99% of the time. What would Obama think?

Here’s the transcript:

Then Obama launched into an attack on presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, who he said has voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time.

“What does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time?” he asked. “I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change.”

Comparing McCain’s 90% of the time with Bush to Udall’s 99% of the time with Obama, McCain certainly does look like a “maverick”.  But, really, what hypocrites Obama and Udall are.  We suspect, if given the opportunity, Obama would never criticize Udall in the same way for surpassing McCain’s loyalty to Bush.


OPERATIVE ERROR: Colorado Leftie Opens Udall Up To Masshole Attacks


As campaign season revs up to full bore, it’s easy for political operatives from either side to be blinded by the feeling to always need to attack to lose sight of the entire battlefield.  Colorado Leftie Laura Chapin made this classic mistake last night, as she thought a quick tweet could score her and her side some cheap points easily.  Unfortunately for her, it opened up a whole other flank with which to attack Sen. Mark Udall.

The tweet:


Chapin’s attack is based off a story The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels published earlier.  Unfortunately for Chapin, it doesn’t appear she read all the way through the article as Rep. Cory Gardner’s visit to the “frat” he belonged to was more Boy Scouts of America than Animal House.  As Bartels writes:

U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner got a celebrity welcome when he stopped by his old fraternity at Colorado State University…

Yes, Cory Gardner, the former ram handler at CSU, the former state lawmaker, the Republican congressman from Yuma trying to take down U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat. The Cory Gardner who, while a college student was, get ready, a Democrat

He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from CSU in 1997. He was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity, which is part Colorado State University’s sorority and fraternity system but without the Greek letters. In other words no hazing, secret handshakes or wild pledge parties.

According it its website, FarmHouse “follows four main aspects in building men throughout their time in college — spiritual, intellectual, social/moral and physical.” [the Peak’s emphasis]

To draw attention to such a positive Gardner piece was idiotic by Chapin.  Which part did she think Colorado voters would most be disgusted by?  That Gardner went to college in-state?  That he was such a loyal Ram, he actually handled CSU’s mascot?  That it’s really easy for him to work across the aisle because at one point he was sitting on the other side (before he came to his senses, ‘natch)?  That Gardner’s such a good guy his “fraternity experience” has more in common with 4H than keg stands?

If that wasn’t bad enough, this gives us a fine excuse to turn a light on Udall’s own education experience.  Spoiler alert PeakNation™, you won’t see Udall drop by his alma mater anytime soon when he has a few spare minutes to kill.  Why’s that?  It’s because the born-and-raised Arizonan went to a small, elitist college in Massachusetts, Williams College.  Williams College is for those who think Harvard is too Plebian.  Tuition, room, and board last year was a cool $61,000 for just one year.  That’s more than the average Colorado family makes in a year.

It’s only after Udall matriculated at the uber-liberal Williams College for four years that he finally made it out to Colorado.  We’re betting the closest Udall ever got to having an open mind and considering any side but his own was when he drove through Kansas on his way out to school.  Just kidding, Senator’s sons don’t drive across the country.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank Chapin for highlighting the collegiate difference between Colorado through-and-through Gardner, and Masshole Udall.


MRS. CARBON TAX: Udall’s Wife In DiCaprio Video Calling For Carbon Tax

“Round of applause for a carbon tax!”

Let’s revisit what Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, said about Sen. Mark Udall and his wife, Maggie Fox, just a couple of weeks ago:

Not only does he vote right almost all the time, he’s a champion… His wife Maggie comes out of the movement as well. She gets it.  It’s a team that works all the time.” [the Peak’s emphasis]

“It’s a team that works all the time.”  Keep that in mind PeakNation™, as we catch up on what Maggie Fox has been doing since she was dumped by Al Gore.

The Free Beacon reported this week that Fox showed up in an anti-oil, anti-fracking video produced by Mr. “Never Let Go”, Leonardo DiCaprio:

Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall’s (Colo.) wife called for a carbon tax while appearing in a new anti-oil video produced by Leonardo DiCaprio…

“They’re ready to understand that carbon pollution is causing this challenge and that there is a simple solution: put a price on carbon pollution,” she says. [the Peak's emphasis]

We’ve already covered this earlier this month with an Economist’s article that points out, even when all externalities of carbon pollution are factored in, it would take a carbon tax of $185 a ton to make solar power competitive with coal.  Wind power is even more unaffordable.  In the movie, DiCaprio is calling for a carbon tax of anywhere from $20-$100, that is still $85 short of making solar competitive, but $5 more than the cap and trade price of carbon ($15) in Europe that has harmed their economy.  A carbon tax in Australia that was roughly $22.50 just got repealed because of the harm it was doing to their economy.

Which brings us back to our main point: if Maggie Fox and her husband Mark Udall are in favor of a carbon tax, what do they believe the price should be?  Udall on his official website calls for a “common-sense price on carbon,” but as far as we can tell, such a price doesn’t exists.  A $20 price on carbon is well below making renewable energy competitive, yet already too prohibitively high that it begins to harm an entire country’s economy.  Can someone ask Udall what he, his wife, and Leo think would be an appropriate price for a carbon tax?

In the meantime, enjoy watching this video with the scary music and oversimplifications.  Pay attention to that part where they tout what Australia has done with nary a mention of the recent repeal; or, how they completely ignore that Norway is one of the biggest oil exporters in the world.  Even our very own Boulder gets a shout-out, never-us-mind that at a median family income of $113K a year, Boulderites are more than able to cushion the increase in the karma carbon price.

Given another six years in the Senate, how high will Mark Udall raise our taxes just so his wife can continue to hang out with movie stars like Leonardo?


BAD NEWS UDALL: WaPo- Obama Is Dragging Party Down

“Besides voting with Obama 99% of the time… I don’t know him.”

In their “70 days until the election” piece, The Washington Post points out some uncomfortable truths for Sen. Mark Udall.  The number one item, and the item Udall can’t run away from even though he’s doing his best to hide from it, is that President Obama is hugely unpopular across the entire country right now, especially in a state like Colorado that hasn’t appreciated his heavy-handed, Washington-bureaucratic style.  As The WaPo writes:

1.       President Obama isn’t helping his party. Whether it’s the perceived disconnect between his needs/wants and those of Democrats on the ballot this fall or his plan to issue an executive order on immigration sometime this fall or his desultory approval ratings, Obama looks like a weight pulling down his party. I’ve heard countless anecdotes about polling conducted in House races that should be competitive for Democrats where Obama’s ratings are in the high to even mid 30s — making it virtually impossible for a candidate of his party to win. It’s hard to imagine anything happening to change that reality since opinion is so locked in on the president. [the Peak’s emphasis]

This all just gives us another excuse to play this video, while bringing up the fact that for the past six years Udall couldn’t have possibly been more in Obama’s pocket if he tried.  Udall’s support for Obama’s extreme agenda has never fallen below 91%, while four of the years being 95+, last year going as high as 99%.  Udall can’t escape a simple fact: a vote for him is a vote for Obama and all Obama has been doing.  Perhaps, instead of skipping his own fundraiser featuring Obama, he should have spent some of the past six years choosing Colorado over pleasing Obama.

The Washington Post goes on to make the point that control of the Senate is coming down to a few key states, Colorado among them.  If Colorado boots Udall out, Republicans are all but assured control of the Senate.  For a President who had zero executive experience coming into the job, who had next to nil experience reaching and working across the aisle, maybe a united Congress will finally force Obama to get off his high horse and work for the good of the country.  Either way, a Republican Congress and an Obama White House will be good for the two parties to define themselves going into the 2016 Presidential election.  No longer will either party be able to hide behind the do-nothing Senate Harry Reid has been leading.  A Republican Congress will send Obama bills, which he can either sign or veto.  Thus, when it comes time to assign blame, the American public will know which party to hold accountable.

On the bright side for Udall, once he loses he no longer needs to hide his extremist environmental views, and he can go hiking any day of the week he wants to.  Really, a vote against Udall is just a vote to set him free.


THE REAL WAR: Udall Talking Birth Control While Women’s Unemployment Goes Up

“Don’t you worry your pretty little head, I’m here to mansplain everything to you”

Sen. Mark Udall has gone all in hoping women care more about government giving them birth control than actually working.  Job numbers for women through the month of July shows 227,000 more women added to the unemployment rolls, causing the unemployment rate for women to jump from 5.9% to 6.2%. The increase in women’s unemployment was three-times the increase in the unemployment rate overall, showing women are more hurt by President Obama and Udall’s failed economic schemes than men..  As statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show:

The number of unemployed women 16 years and over increased by 227,000 in July.  The unemployment rate for women grew from 5.9 percent to 6.2 percent. [the Peak’s emphasis]

Despite this increase in women’s unemployment rate, Udall—who has declared himself the champion for all things women—has done little to foster a better job and economic environment for them.  Instead, Udall has ran a campaign largely on the derogatory theme that women care for little else than birth control.  We look forward to Udall mansplaining to Colorado women everywhere why birth control should be their number one priority even as fewer of them can find good jobs.

Of the millions of dollars Udall has already spent across multiple ads, despite heavily targeting women, all Udall spends his time talking about is birth control.  Never has he taken a chance in his ads targeting women to talk about what he has done to improve the economy for them, nor has he talked to them about how he voted for Obamacare.  Should the woman who no longer has the health insurance plan she liked, nor the ability to keep the doctor she has come to trust throughout the years be more concerned with that or whether Udall wants government more focused on birth control?

The 6.2% unemployment rate looks even worse for women when one considers the labor force participation rate for women is still well below the 59.5% it was when Udall assumed office.  Not only are more women unemployed, but less women overall are looking for work because they are so discouraged by horrible job market Udall has helped to create.  But, remember PeakNation™, according to Udall, those issues are unimportant to women.

It’s obvious Udall really doesn’t care about Colorado women or the issues they are most concerned about.  He would rather they be simple-minded, one-issue voters who eagerly ignore that he voted with President Obama 99% of the time and how it’s helping to bring more regulations, bureaucrats, and government into our economy and women’s decisions on birth control.  Udall is the real war on women.


WINGNUT WHO? Cory Booker Forgets That Udall Is “Most Liberal” Candidate in Competitive Races

So, what you’re saying is that Udall is the wingnut?

Over the weekend, Sen. Cory Booker stumped for vulnerable Sen. Mark Udall.  According to Lynn Bartels at The Denver Post‘s Spot blog, Booker described Gardner as a wingnut, but the problem is that it’s actually Udall who is on the fringe. From the Post:

“Booker described Gardner as a ‘wingnut’ and said the reason the country is interested in Udall’s race is because ‘so goes Colorado in November, so goes America.’”

But, just last month, the New York Times had this to say about Udall:

“Per our numbers, the biggest ideological gap between candidates is in Colorado. Democrat Mark Udall is rated as the most liberal of the candidates running in a competitive Senate race this year.”

The New York Times isn’t exactly a shill for the right either.  But, the facts are the facts.  Udall is only one or two of politicians in competitive races who continue to oppose the Keystone Pipeline, for example.  Udall sided with fellow wingnut Tom Steyer and his radical environmental policies.  The stimulus?  Udall noted that a lot of good projects were cut from the bloated, wasteful program. Translation: he wanted a bigger program. Then, there was the Obamacare issue.

Booker can lob all the lies and half-truths from the left he wants, but Udall’s record of voting with Obama 99% of the time speaks for itself.


STOP LYING: Outside Group Claims Udall Is Fighting for Equal Pay, Udall Pays Women Less

Dear leftosphere, please stop lying.  Coloradans aren’t stupid. A reader recently sent us a flyer distributed by Fair Share Action that offered a litany of ways that liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall is “working hard for hard-working families”.  (Because he knows what it’s like to be a family scraping by?) One of the ways that Udall is supposedly “working hard” is that he is “fighting to ensure that women get paid the same as men when they do the same work”.

Fair Share, you’re just asking to be spanked.

First of all, we reported in April that Udall paid his female staffers 82 cents for every dollar his male staffers earned, which is far less than his opponent, Cory Gardner, pays his women. In fact, Gardner pays his women $1.04 for every dollar his male counterparts make.  His staff roared that but, but, but, context…senior staffers…whatever will stick…. Fine, then, the question becomes why are all your senior staffers men?  The office couldn’t find qualified females up to senior level staff jobs?  We highly doubt that.  But, charity begins at home.  Either pay your women better or trust women in leadership roles.

Next, what Fair Share is describing above is actually already a law, but thanks for trying to pass it again.  According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

“The Equal Pay Act [of 1963] requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment.”

We’ve caught Udall on several occasions trying to make up for his ridiculously lackluster career in the U.S. Senate.  (His greatest achievement was a bipartisan seating chart.  Someone should hire this guy to head White House protocol, not represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate.)  But, attempting to claim that he’s trying to pass a law that’s been on the books for over fifty years is rich.

Then, there’s the continued victimization of women that the left is consistently trying to shove down everyone’s throats.  The fact of the matter is that women, for the most part, are paid equally for equal work, but there are a lot of inputs into what “equal work” looks like. The Heritage Foundation breaks it down:

“Education, choice of industry and occupation, hours worked, experience, and career interruptions all affect the productivity—and compensation—of workers, whether male or female. Accounting for such factors reduces the difference between average male and female wages to just 5 cents on the dollar. Other factors, such as the cost of fringe benefits, may account for much or all of the remaining gap.”

Every time the left tries to shove this talking point on Colorado, we will come back with an even more pointed post.  So, please keep mentioning this, we love writing this post over and over and over again.


FLOODED WITH LIES: Udall, Hickenlooper, And Democrats Politicize Tragedy

“Nothing is too slimy for me to do to get reelected”

PeakNation™, you may have missed this Truth Test put out by Brandon Rittiman at 9News this week, but we think it is well worth your time to catch it.  Sen. Mark Udall and surrogates attacking on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s behalf (if Hick is really sincere in his belief that negative campaigning only poisons the water well, then he needs to forcefully denounce anyone who does so on his behalf.  Then again, the only thing Hickenloooper does forcefully is ogle women) have politicized the devastating floods that killed a number of Coloradans last year and destroyed many more lives and communities.  If that wasn’t enough, Udall and Hickenlooper’s complete rewrite of history flies in the face of the very bipartisan response of Colorado’s politicians to the floods last year.  Does Udall not remember sitting across from Gardner in a helicopter as they surveyed together the devastation across Colorado?  Rittiman certainly remembers.

Udall is running a campaign where nothing is left sacred.  What should be a moment of pride for Coloradans everywhere, a time that represents who we are, people who can passionately disagree with one another but come together to fight alongside each other when tragedy strikes, has been cheapened and destroyed by Udall and his campaign, who only cares about winning an election no matter the costs.  That is not the Colorado way, and that is not who we are as Coloradans.  There are lines we won’t cross, and there are traditions of doing what is right that are more important than casting your neighbor out so you can win.  If Udall insists on running a campaign that degrades what us Coloradans can achieve when we come together, then it is time for him to go.

We will say this for Udall though, at least he doesn’t have to hide, cowering behind other people, while they do his dirty work.  Hickenlooper doesn’t even have enough dignity to do that.



DEATH TO GOP: A Cause SEIU Can Believe In

In an era when political rancor runs high and the general public is searching for leaders to break through the din, yesterday, a union political organization stood out.  Not for taking a leadership role, but for being exceptionally rancorous. In July, liberal Rep. Crisanta Duran was caught chanting “Death to Colorado GOP” – totally unbecoming of an elected official, regardless of whether she agrees with those across the aisle or not. We called her out on it.

Yesterday, the Service Employees International Union finally responded to the tweet…after an entire month had passed.  Here’s what the SEIU had to say about Colorado GOP:

SEIU Local 105, is death to GOP a cause you believe in?  We certainly hope not.  Then again, without Colorado members of the GOP, SEIU might save a significant amount of money.

Since 2000, SEIU and its various entities have spent nearly $8 million to influence state and local races (donating exclusively to Democrats and their causes, of course).  This cycle, SEIU has spent at least $75,000 against federal candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, and almost as much against Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against liberal Sen. Mark Udall.

But, beyond the cost savings realized if all Colorado GOP candidates, um, died, we’re pretty sure there are at least a few GOP union members. No wonder union membership is at an all-time low.  Who wants to belong to a union that calls for its members’ deaths?


GROWING CANCELLATIONS: Another 2K In Cancellations That Udall Promised Wouldn’t

“Ouch, 340,000 Coloradans aren’t going to be happy with me.”

Despite Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar’s best attempts to prevent more health care cancellation notices from piling up at the feet of Sen. Mark Udall, she wasn’t able to stop a further 2,000 from being added this month.  The 335K figure everyone has been quoting will now be 340K+ figure since these 2,000 are joining another 3,000+ that have been lost since April.  As Valerie Richardson at The Washington Times writes:

The state Division of Insurance said in a letter to the Colorado Senate Republicans that another 2,105 policies were discontinued in August in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total to 341,666.

The growing tally has dogged the Democrat Udall in his bid for re-election. Republicans have blasted him for voting in favor of Obamacare and then repeating President Obama’s claim that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” which PolitiFact voted the 2013 Lie of the Year.

One would think having been caught telling the lie of the year would lead Udall to run a campaign that tried to overcompensate for such a fact.  Not Udall.  Rather, he made the radical decision to double down by running a campaign chalked full of lies and deceits.  Any hope that he would reassure Coloradans that he wasn’t the liar of the year PolitFact called him in 2013, went out the window even before his first extremist ad.  Udall has followed that first ad with more negative, cynical, and—dare we say—dour political ads with nary an apology to any of the now 340K+ Coloradans who have lost the very health care plans Udall promised they could keep.  This doesn’t even begin to count the number of Coloradans who’ve lost their doctors because the one they have been seeing all these years is no longer covered by their insurance.

In such a tight race between Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner, a few hundred votes on Election Day could be the deciding factor.  Udall can’t be sleeping easy knowing each day hundreds and hundreds of more Coloradans are getting cancellation notices in their mailboxes.  Cancellation notices that he promised would never come.  Adding them to the already 340K+ Coloradans makes a very large bloc of Colorado voters Udall directly lied to.  They would be more than enough to be the death knell of Udall’s political career.

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