When former Speaker of the Colorado state House Andrew Romanoff looks back on exactly what he did wrong in his loss to Republican U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, we’re sure that deciding to attach himself to a policy that over 60% of Coloradans oppose will be in the top three.
As a new Quinnipiac poll showed, over 60% of Coloradans oppose Obamacare, and 52% said they were less likely to vote for someone who supported it. All of this makes Romanoff’s statements to Ed Schultz last month just that much more confounding:
Schultz: Would you say in front of a crowd you are for the Affordable Care Act? Sounds like you are.
Romanoff: Yeah, I supported it. I think it’s better than the status quo. [the Peak emphasis]
If that wasn’t enough, this old gem from 2010 actually has him saying Obamacare didn’t go far enough. Far enough? Far enough? Would Romanoff not be satisfied until over 700,000 Coloradans lost their health plan they liked? Were the 335,000 not enough for him?
As people who follow Colorado politics have noticed, despite the Coffman/Romanoff race being touted as the highest-profile House race in the country, Romanoff has been keeping an extremely low profile the past few months. Whereas Coffman has been finding a way to get bipartisan bills passed in what some have called the most partisan Congress in recent history, it seems nary a word has been heard by Romanoff. Well, except for his embrace of Obamacare.
This seems strange. As in boxing, if one is going up against the defending champ/incumbent, one cannot simply hope to win via decision; rather, most likely, they’ll have to take the fight to their opponent and knock the incumbent out.
[cut to Romanoff’s corner of the ring, empty; cue crickets chirping]
But, this may be his strategy. As Romanoff has demonstrated here, the few times he does speak, he only ends up punching himself in the face.