Most of the national coverage of yesterday’s Colorado primary races really has me shaking my head. And few topped Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic. Though I usually enjoy and respect Ambinder’s work, in this instance, he seems to be engage in wishful thinking, or perhaps he’s getting the bulk of his information from the Michael Bennet camp. It wouldn’t be surprising considering the Senator’s brother is his boss.
Now, it may turn out that Bennet runs a brilliant general campaign, captures Colorado independents in droves and runs away with the race. But as of right now, Republican Ken Buck is leading in almost every poll I’ve seen (there is a PPP poll showing Bennet with a slight lead, though the same poll had Norton edging Buck — hat-tip Mike Booth). And the only “energized” party around here seems to be the party that wants to drive out incumbents.
You wouldn’t know that reading most national coverage. And in just a few posts, Ambinder describes Bennet as a brilliant campaigner (he spent millions more than Andrew Romanoff) as “relatively independent” (he voted down the line for the Obama agenda) an “education innovator” (DPS has, at best, mixed results) and so on.
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Before the results were even tabulated, in a post headlined “Net Result From Colorado: Energized Democrats,” Ambinder was marketing the idea that energized Democrats, driven by a “Romanoff surge,” had already won the night. In fact, unlike Bennet — educator, family man, businessman and statesman — Republicans were saddled with two unappetizing candidates slugging it out in a hopelessly fractured party. From The Atlantic:
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