Senator Michael Bennet has a clear message for Democrats in Colorado and in Washington, DC about his upcoming race in November: he’s in trouble.
According to a new story in Politico this morning, Sen. Bennet believes that Colorado’s characterization as a blue state “is an incorrect perception among people” in Washington and that “Colorado remains a swing state.”
“I had a very tough race in 2010. That was a very tough cycle. I chaired the DSCC in 2014. That was a really tough cycle. In 2016, it turned out to be another tough cycle. This is going to be another one of those,” Bennet told Politico.
Campfire Colorado readers will be familiar with that argument since we’ve been making the same one since last summer, but it hits different hearing it from Sen. Bennet himself finally.
In an interview with Politico, Bennet also hilariously claims that he hasn’t thought about whether to campaign with failed President Joe Biden.
“I haven’t thought about it at all,” Bennet told Politico when asked about campaigning with President Biden.
Of course, Bennet has already had to think about it at least once when he decided to skip a Biden visit to Colorado in September 2021 – and those were the good old days when Joe Biden was popular compared to current polling!
That visit resulted in one headline from Colorado Politics declaring: “Republicans flay Bennet for staying in DC, skipping Biden visit”.
One hilarious theme that the beltway reporter who wrote the Politico story tried to cultivate through his writing and the quotes he selected from other out-of-touch beltway Democrats was that Sen. Bennet is somehow well-known in Colorado by the PEOPLE.
This is false.
In a 5280 profile of Senator Bennet a few years back the author makes a notable observation that still applies to Senator Bennet today:
“The senator can be so under the radar, in fact, that he verges on being anonymous and can move around Colorado mostly unnoticed. In the week or so I spent with him in the state, the lone instance I saw him stopped was when a Transportation Security Administration agent pulled him aside for an extended screening at the Durango airport.”
Let’s also not forget that Sen. Bennet is not a talented retail politician.
In New Hampshire, a state that Bennet focused on heavily during his failed presidential campaign due to his belief that the state’s politics and electorate mirrored Colorado’s, Bennet finished in 11th place in the Democratic presidential primary earning an embarrassing 951 total votes.
In comparison, write-ins received more than six times the number of votes as Bennet with 6,086 votes.
At one New Hampshire campaign stop, an astonished Politico reporter described an ‘awkward’ and ‘unusual’ Bennet event:
“In one 45-minute stretch at a recent town hall, Bennet swung his hands so wildly while making a point that he hit a woman in the leg, he tripped over a stool holding his water, and he nearly tangled himself in a microphone cord while trying to take off his sport coat.”
Finally, this morning’s story from Politico is notable on a policy-level thanks to Sen. Bennet’s own admission that his actions have contributed to inflation.
Flag this one for when the liberal media activists in Colorado try to bail him out with their fake “fact checks” later this year:
“He conceded that Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package may have contributed to inflation, but argued that the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies and supply chain woes are more to blame.”
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