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I am not suggesting that anyone has engineered this. I fact, it would appear the only ones who could have engineered the McInnis campaign’s recent travails and apparent termination are McInnis himself, the Hasan Foundation and maybe Rolly Fischer. And it is pretty clear from the way things have played out, none has anything to gain by McInnis’s recent catastrophic campaign events.
But politics is tough toenails, hardball if you prefer, and when someone blows up like this there are winners and losers.
It would be easy to be snarky and partisan and just say all Colorado residents benefit most because he has demonstrated he would not have been a forthright and talented governor. Or that this confirms the feeling of some that he is exactly the kind of slimey-lawyer-lobbyist we don’t need as Governor. And I may yet agree.
But some thoughts:
Hickenlooper: Widely seen as a lock against Maes, even now as there is speculation that McInnis will still carry the primary, this kind of damage to McInnis can only help Hickenlooper, not without his own baggage, though apparently minor in comparison.
Maes: Maes has to be wondering what it would take for the Republican talking heads, establishment and spinmeisters to take him seriously. Better managing the campaign funds would be a start. Acknowledging that not doing so is way worse than a few parking tickets a bare minimum. Actually raising big campaign funds would be a good next step. The so called Tea Party support sure seems to be limited to press releases and some sporadic events.
But I recall from last winter that in addition to Maes promising to deliver more detailed budget proposals and other answers that he acknowledged as a neophyte candidate he would learn a lot. I suspect he has.
Buck: But for all eyes turing to McInnis now, the media attention would still be about the recent Tancredoism and Buck’s strange repudiation; no, acceptance; no, complicated explanation
about how President Obama is the biggest threat to the USA. I’m sure he is hoping that most registered voters in Colorado just forget about that. And the reprimand for
ethics violation from then US Attorney Suthers and subsequently leaving his job under a cloud.
McInnis: better that everything comes out during the primary than in the general. Well, sort of. OTOH, what other fraud, embarrassing lies, or other flaws are in his background that just have not come out yet? He clearly either thought this would never come out (no incentive for the Hasan Foundation nor Fischer) or no one would care. Either way, he was really, really wrong.
Wadhmans: Wadhams does not appear to have wanted candidate McInnis anytime in recent history – 06 or 08 for sure. And he had to have been still stinging from McInnis’s 08 election eve claim that he would have beat Udall but for the way the party moved and shook in 07 and 08.