What’s most remarkable about an Associated Press report on how Republicans view U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s message that Democrats are shoving the country towards socialism — it appears no GOP voters were actually interviewed for it.

The author, Alan Fram, is actually based in Washington, D.C., but took a trip to flyover country to report on an event held by Gardner in Alamosa last week.

There’s not an actual quote from Gardner mentioning socialism, but we’ll take Fram’s word for it, because liberal Democrats are most definitely trying to move this country in a socialist direction.

Whether it’s actual socialists like Bernie Sanders running for president, or actual socialist U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, or socialist policies like single-payer health care, Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, or Obama’s massive expansion of welfare programs and giving people “free” stuff, it’s called, socialism.

But the story Fram wants us to believe, is that Republicans like Gardner have gone too far by actually calling out the political practice that defines these policies and people by its ugly name — socialist.

That’s why Fram interviewed Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll, of all people, to tell his readers the GOP message won’t work.

According to Carroll, it’s because the message smacks of “Cold War stuff” — which, by the way, we were engaged in with communist nations like the old Soviet Union, not Venezuela.

Not content to interview actual Republicans at the event he covered, Fram ventured into the suburbs of Denver, and Pueblo, where he interviewed the Pueblo mayor, and some other folks of unknown political origin who sounded like Democrats.

He did manage to find a few independent voters, including one who accidentally backed Gardner’s assertion that checks and balances are important.

Is this a winning message for Republicans? Considering it’s the truth, and a scary one at that, we’d have to say yes, it is.

But Democrats can’t have a successful socialist movement unless they’ve got the media in their pocket. Sadly, this article would have easily made it past their censors.