October 25, 2014

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS THE MODEL FOR DEMOCRATIC ELECTION WINS:

The 'Colorado Model' Goes Thud (KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL, Oct. 23, 2014, WSJ)

The party's biggest mistake was thinking its recent electoral victories--based largely on a superior campaign game--translated into a mandate for liberal governance. Colorado long has been, and remains, a pragmatic state. It's a place that for decades gave Republicans the state legislature and Democrats the governor's mansion. It loves its political independents, folks like former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who it elected in 1992 as a Democrat and re-elected in 1998 by an even bigger margin as a Republican.

No surprise, the state hasn't appreciated Mr. Obama's ideological agenda. Some 22,000 residents just found out they're losing health insurance; some 200,000 more face cancellations next year. Residents are worried about Ebola and the terror threat, frustrated by falling incomes, disturbed by Washington scandals. The president's approval rating--in supposedly liberal-ascendant Colorado--is 40%.

Mr. Udall ran as an independent yet says he'd vote for ObamaCare again. He claims to be a "best of the above" energy guy, but he refused to endorse the popular Keystone XL pipeline and only belatedly came out against anti-fracking ballot initiatives that have crippled a new mainstay of the Colorado economy. Asked at a recent debate to name a single Obama policy he opposes, he couldn't muster a one. His approval rating, 37%, is even lower than Mr. Obama's.

Mr. Hickenlooper has magnified the liberal-governance theme. The so-called moderate signed strict gun-control measures in 2013, controversial enough to result in the recall of two Democratic state senators. The governor's decision to ignore Colorado's death penalty law and grant a "reprieve" to a quadruple-murderer has similarly annoyed voters.

Democrats here have also underestimated the degree to which past Republican incompetence played into their victories. The Colorado GOP in recent years has been riven by divisions and fielded mediocre candidates. That changed this year with Mr. Gardner.

Posted by at October 25, 2014 6:59 AM
  

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