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After reading this , this, and especially this by Erick Erickson at RedState, I felt it necessary to write a response. A little background would be helpful first, however.
Over the past decade, Colorado conservatives have taken a beating. In 2000, we held the Governor’s Mansion, the state House and Senate chambers, both U.S. Senate seats, and 5 of 7 House seats. Even so, Colorado’s history includes dramatic swings from Democrat to Republican leadership. Much has been made of Colorado’s Purple State status recently, but in reality it has always been this way.
During that decade, there was a parade of failed campaigns, including former congressman Bob Beauprez (Gov), Pete Coors (Senate), Bob Schaffer (Senate), and even incumbents like Marilyn Musgrave (CD-4) were soundly defeated. This had as much to do with campaign mistakes as it did with the ton of outside money that came to Colorado for progressive candidates and the increasing apathy of conservative voters for the lack of fiscal discipline among GOP politicians both statewide and nationally.
The races for local, state and U.S. House and Senate seats in Colorado have been interesting this cycle, to say the least. We’ve seen candidates come and go and some switch to other races. I detailed much of this in my Colorado Political Analysis diary that I did for RS back in December. Even since then, we’ve had some changes. Bill Ritter (Gov) is no longer running for re-election, and Diggs Brown (CD-4) has dropped out and endorsed Cory Gardner.
Initially, Colorado’s U.S. Senate race was between Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. There were and are some other bit players out there, but they’ve never had a chance to gain more than lower single-digit support from the voters. Frazier was the darling of the Tea Party crowd, and especially popular with small “L” libertarians and many mainstream Republicans. Both he and Ken Buck struggled early on to raise enough funds to get the attention of the national organizations. (more…)