A Few Words About Hubris And Ken Buck

2010 GOP Senate nominee Ken Buck.

2010 GOP Senate nominee Ken Buck.

Amid the GOP's ongoing struggle to find an opponent–any opponent–to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in 2014, the Denver Post's Lynn Bartels puts 2010 Senate loser Ken Buck's name back in the mix:

Buck for months has been mentioned as a likely candidate for state attorney general, but in recent days several high-profile Republicans have announced their candidacy for the office and the talk has switched to a Senate bid.

"We have been talking about it, and I'll leave it there," his wife, state Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, confirmed Tuesday.

Much of the speculation about Buck's political future has been on hold since his battle with cancer was disclosed in March. Bartels reports today that Buck's cancer remains in remission, and he is undergoing his last round of chemotherapy this week.

It's true that Buck lost in 2010 by a relatively small margin to appointed incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. But the underlying reasons for that narrow and trend-countering loss for the GOP in an otherwise GOP "wave year" revealed a fatal flaw in the newfound political vigor offered by the "Tea Party." Buck lost the election, as our readers know well, largely due to overwhelming opposition from women voters. Buck's hard-line views against abortion and gay rights, and October revelations of a rape case he had refused to prosecute claiming the victim had "buyer's remorse," broke the back of a Senate campaign that wasn't supposed to lose. Since 2010, this race has become a model for Democrats to alienate women and independents from wedge-issue hardliners.

We get that the GOP bench is very thin for 2014, but re-running Ken Buck is not the answer.

In fact, the suggestion seems almost…masochistic.

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Hmmmmm …

    Oh well, . . . at least we've still got Nixon not to kick around any more . . .

  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    I think it is great that Ken is running. It proves that the GOP is still the Party of Hate®.

    I was a solid Repub for the first 35 years of my life (starting with my "I Like Ike" button). Now, I will likely never vote for a Repub again. Even if that person is the best candidate.

  3. ClubTwitty says:

    The problem for Mr. Buck:



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    • BlueCat says:

       If they want people to believe that they're all about freedom, promoting prosperity and jobs jobs,jobs, they really ought to take five minutes off from their all uterus, healthcare reform recall, gays and voter suppression all the time legislative agenda

  4. exlurker19 says:

    I think Buck would be a good choice.  Doubt if any Repub could take out Udall and it's not like Buck didn't already implode his career the last time he ran for Senate.  Buck has nothing to lose that he hasn't already lost.

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