I have to hand it to Senator Michael Bennet. The guy has balls. I mean, how else do you explain how the guy can:
• vote for the Keystone XL pipeline, then;
• vote to override the President’s veto of the same bill;
• vote to undermine the administration’s efforts to get a nuclear deal, and then;
• top it off by voting with Republicans in the Senate to fast-track this terrible trade bill, the TPP?
Pure balls. He might as well just stand up and give the finger to all of the progressive voters who sent him to Washington in 2008. I can only assume that he figures we’ll all be back in 2016 to rubber stamp his reelection bid. And, not wanting to look too liberal in the eyes of all those “middle-of-the-roaders” back home, he’s decided to cast some votes with Senate Republicans on a few issues.
And while it might have taken balls to cast those votes, I’m not so sure that it took brains. Because I believe that those decisions might just come back to haunt him and ultimately cost him his Senate seat. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll of 1,049 Colorado voters, Bennet’s job approval is just 39%, and just 32% think he deserves to be re-elected. Even among Democrat’s it stands at only 53%. Even Mark Udall posted better numbers prior to his reelection defeat last fall.
What he’s doing is an old, Bill Clinton technique called triangulation. He’s trying to position himself to look neither too liberal nor too conservative, hoping to attract voters closer to the center of the political spectrum. But I think he’s taken it too far. What that means is that he’s lost the support of those on the left – people like me. He’s made the mistake of assuming that we will be there when he needs us. But he’s wrong. And, while he’s counting on getting center-right voters to come over to his side rather than vote for some ultra-right, Tea Party conservative, I believe he’s wrong again. Those folks inevitably vote like lemmings for the guy with an “R” next to his name.
I have a funny feeling that what happened to Mark Udall is very likely to happen to Michael Bennet in 2016. And if it does, the Colorado Democratic Party will deserve much of the blame. Instead of kicking his ass, it appears that all they do is kiss his ring. Some of them who have the Senator’s ear need to let him know that his voting record is killing his job approval with his base. But they won’t. And I can only conclude that they agree with him and with the positions he’s taken, which is one of the reasons why I left the Democratic Party. If our elected officials are going to ruin our great country, let it be the Republicans who do it, without the help of Republican-lite, Michael Bennet.