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Signs and portents on election day

Tue, Nov 2, 2010

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Turn out the lights – the party’s over. It’s election day.

Signs and portents:

Before dawn this morning, Democratic volunteers were walking the streets of my Westside neighborhood with GOTV doorhangers. That’s impressive, and seems to confirm earlier impressions that the Dems have finally gotten deadly serious about the Lee/Morse races. In normal times, rookies such as Karen Cullen and Owen Hill would have no shot – but, as many have noted, these aren’t normal times.

Neither Cullen nor Hill will, if elected, be anything other than reliable votes for the GOP agenda – but, as one of my exasperated geezer homies told me yesterday afternoon, “What’s wrong with that??!!”

Meanwhile, if the Buck/Bennet race comes down to a Buck win by a few hundred votes, we can point out at least one Bennet misstep that may have cost him the election.

It’s still hard to understand the reasoning behind Bennet’s decision not to interview with The Gazette, which, for the first time in many decades, endorsed candidates.

Bennet had little or no chance of landing the paper’s endorsement, but they would have given him a fair hearing. And they couldn’t have avoided noting that his resume is far deeper than Buck’s, especially given his experience in education and business. I can imagine his pitch:

“Listen, you may think that I’m some Boulder liberal, but do you think that Phil Anschutz hired me because he’s devoted to Boulder liberals? He hired me because he thought that I could be a powerfully entrepreneurial businessman-and he was right!”

Buck’s experience is limited to a stint as a District Attorney – pretty thin, compared to Bennet’s.

Editorial boards of major newspapers are a lot like Mafia Dons. They’ll forgive defects of character and action, but they won’t abide disrespect.

By ignoring The Gazette, Bennet freed the paper to open up with both barrels, and characterize him as a Denver candidate who hates Colorado Springs, and, as a senator, would care nothing for the city’s welfare.

True? Probably not, but we’re a city whose inferiority complex is easily exploited, and it may be that The Gazette’s angry editorials may actually determine the outcome of the election.

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