The race to sound like Republicans is on for Colorado Democrats

posted at 9:21 pm on August 4, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Here’s Andrew Romanoff’s first ad. I’ll give him audacity, standing in a beautiful Western landscape dotted with doomsday infographics where bison should be with a D next to his name and claiming to be for balanced federal budgets. Rich. Romanoff is running against Rep. Mike Coffman, one of national Democrats’ top targets. Romanoff was on the national scene most recently in 2010 when he lost the Democratic primary for Senate to Michael Bennett.

The Denver Post:

It’s an ad that Romanoff hopes will cast him as financially responsible in a district where he needs to win over plenty of moderates.

But the ad drew howls from Republicans who questioned Romanoff’s sincerity and picked apart his state legislative record.

“Let’s hope Speaker Romanoff is booking this advertisement on Comedy Central, because the idea Romanoff is a fiscal conservative is comedic,” said a statement from Coffman’s campaign manager, Tyler Sandberg. “As the Democratic leader of the State House, Romanoff led the crusade against fiscal restraint. He crammed down over a billion dollars in new taxes and fees on senior homeowners and small businesses and championed numerous outlandish taxing and borrowing schemes rejected by Colorado voters.”

In other adventures in emergency moderation, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Mark Udall, and Romanoff, as reported in Politico, have all three come out against environmental activists’ anti-fracking measures, which are supposed to be on the ballot this fall. First, Hickenlooper scrambled to subvert the effort with some kind of compromise legislation but failed. Today, he and the very liberal Rep. Jared Polis, who had formerly backed the measures, got together to decide that Polis would pull his support, allowing his deeply held values take one for the team.

That agreement among Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Jared Polis, environmental groups and the oil and gas industry creates an 18-member task force that will study fracking in Colorado and present recommendations to the state legislature. In exchange, they’ve asked that organizers pull two pro-fracking and two anti-fracking measures and that a lawsuit against the city of Longmont be dismissed.

“We have an obligation to develop (energy) in a way that is safe for our residents, supports jobs and the economy, respects private property rights and protects our health and environment,” Hickenlooper said.

The task force will be charged to find solutions that minimize land-use conflicts near homes, schools, businesses and recreational areas. The state is seeking a balanced approach, he said, one that will represent diverse concerns from oil and gas, agriculture, environmental and health groups and local governments.

It was not immediately clear that the compromise necessarily means all four ballot initiatives will be removed. It seems activists would have the ability and option to go forward if they wished to, but it’s at least nice to see these uncomfortable fissures in the other party get some coverage for a change.

Probably best to have a little distance from these activists lest they bring the tactics of their European brethren to the States.


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OMG…that’s an Archer Daniels Midland commercial.

AUINSC on August 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

This is funny.

What do the HA trolls have to say about this?

Where are the HA liberal trolls?

cozmo on August 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Probably best to have a little distance from these activists lest they bring the tactics of their European brethren to the States.

insty quoting heinlein calls that “bad luck”

newrouter on August 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Republicans trying to sound like Dem’s. Dem’s trying to sound like Republicans. Country and world going to hell.

kcewa on August 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Yes, the same political party that said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” The same party that callously lied about YOUR health care now wants to lie in their political ads and hope you’ll believe them. The only think you need to remember, when you go to the polling booth this Fall is, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” If you vote for the lying party again, you deserve what you get.

bflat879 on August 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM

The rats in both parties ALWAYS try to fool people into thinking they’re further RIGHT than they truly are. (D)’s lie their way to the center, and (R)’s dupe voters into thinking their Conservative.

It’s how the establishment GOP gained ALLLL their power in the party. And they’ve been fooling people like that for the last 30 years.

Meople on August 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

B-b-b-b-but Ned said the country was changing.

formwiz on August 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Shocker: MSNBC Only Network Reporting Good News for Obama on Benghazi

A report from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has reportedly found there was “no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration” in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, that development has not been major news across the cable networks since it first broke on Friday. In fact, it was not until the end of the 4 p.m. ET hour today that any one of the three major cable news networks even mentioned the content of the House report’s findings.

For the final segment of her MSNBC show Monday, Alex Wagner reported that “the latest news on the Benghazi scandal is that there is no Benghazi scandal.” She was referring to comments Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) gave to the San Francisco Chronicle last week, in which he said the unanimously-approved report “confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order was given.”

“In finding nothing salacious or conspiratorial or maybe even kind of dastardly,” Wagner said, “the House Intelligence Committee join the Senate Intelligence Committee, the independent State Department Accountability Review Board, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, all of which have investigated the 2012 attack and found nada.”

The host neglected to predict what these latest findings would mean for “Benghazi bloodhounds” Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who plan to continue using taxpayer money to investigate the Obama administration’s culpability in the attack and its aftermath.
The report got its second cable news mention two hours later on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, during which Al Sharpton told his viewers that the new House committee report is “demolishing once again the right’s favorite myth about the terror attack in Benghazi.” After outlining the findings, as described by Rep. Thompson, Sharpton said, “This follows a slew of investigations over the past 18 months, all looking for smoking gun to implicate the president and his administration in a scandal that doesn’t exist.”

“You could look at this and say it just proves the conspiracy is broader than anybody thought,” Sharpton’s guest Dana Milbank said, facetiously, “because now even all of the House Republicans on the intelligence committee are part of the cover-up trying to protect this administration.” He predicted the report will “only fuel further the belief among Republicans out there in the grassroots that they are getting a raw deal.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/shocker-msnbc-only-network-reporting-good-news-for-obama-on-benghazi/

No mention on Hot Air either..LOL! Keep the bubble sealed air tight.

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

claiming to be for balanced federal budgets.

Man, that’s funny. Even most Rs aren’t in favor it it, never mind any dim.

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Maybe these democrats trying to sound like Republicans during election time could pick up some pointers from Establishment Republicans trying to sound like Republicans during election time.

VorDaj on August 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Where are the HA liberal trolls?

cozmo on August 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Well at least one showed up.

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Does anyone else remember back in 2008 when Barack Obama sounded like he believed in the constitution and the rule of law?

VorDaj on August 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Does anyone else remember back in 2008 when Barack Obama sounded like he believed in the constitution and the rule of law?

VorDaj on August 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

No. I never got past the “ums,” the professorial “ahs” and the annoying sssssnake-like whistling sssssss’s to pay attention to what he believed in.

bettycooper on August 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

If you like your money, you can keep your money.
If you like your job, you can keep your job.
If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom.
If you like your country, you can keep your country.

It really doesn’t matter what word you put in there. No matter how you say it, it’s just more lies from this administration.

Wino on August 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Ned Pecker, that was so yesterday,dude.

docflash on August 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Keep the bubble sealed air tight.

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

President Obama signing Iron Dome funding bill into law this afternoon.

sentinelrules on August 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

No. I never got past the “ums,” the professorial “ahs” and the annoying sssssnake-like whistling sssssss’s to pay attention to what he believed in.

bettycooper on August 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

The little malevolent, narcissistic, mincing fairy turned out way worse than even I thought at the time. Thx McCain for all your hard work. Ya f

arnold ziffel on August 4, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

SSDD

Barred on August 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

My favorite thing — tax and spend Democrat liberals who try to claim fiscal conservatism. Because “increasing unemployment benefits is the bet thing we could ever do for the economy…”

Jaibones on August 5, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

MSNBC spin should be reported on? Really? Lying directly to the American people is “no wrong doing”? Really? What planet is that? But if you want to bring this to people’s attention, you should link to the actual report – not a publication reporting on MSNBC crowing.

rhombus on August 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Socialists run as conservatives or “moderates?” What else is new?

Ted the Average on August 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

They’re going to have to try a little harder and drop the shibboleths “koch brothers” and “tax breaks for the wealthy” indicating they regard their listeners too thick to think. Please, Udall, just go away and take your dynastic ambitions with you, get a real job, lobbying congress as they do, apparently the only alternate line available.

bour3 on August 5, 2014 at 8:19 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Strangely absent from the ad…

BlueCollarAstronaut on August 5, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Romanoff is a career politician who is in it for the money. We have Dan Gibbs in Summit County who just runs for whatever office pays him more for the least amount of work. Romanoff is no different.

Polis was on his own when it came to fracking. The two Dems in trouble, Hickenlooper and Udall, didn’t want it on the ballot because they’d have to take a position on it that goes against their hearts. (Hickenlooper might really be for fracking, no way Udall is truly against it.) Polis has his own money (and he made heaps off of Obamacare) and I believe he was trying to put an issue on the ballot that he thought would bring more Dem voters to the mid year election. With luck we’ll get rid of all three of the clowns. (And I can vote for all 3 since Polis is my “representative”)

COgirl on August 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

You like your Task Force? Well, then you can keep your Task Force – for the next twelve years. After that time, the findings can be shelved and a new one started. Get the pic?

vnvet on August 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Republicans trying to sound like Dem’s. Dem’s trying to sound like Republicans. Country and world going to hell.

kcewa on August 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

…dogs and cats living together….

dentarthurdent on August 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

very liberal Rep. Jared Polis

Talk about an understatement.
Rich, gay, far-left Dem from the Peoples’ Republik of Boulder….

dentarthurdent on August 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Probably best to have a little distance from these activists lest they bring the tactics of their European brethren to the States.

I would strongly suggest the anti-fracking activists refrain from attacking the homes of Colorado oil workers. All of them are good-ole-boys who love hunting. Get my drift?

bartbeast on August 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

If Coloradoans don’t throw out all the dems, then you will know they are congenitally stupid.

earlgrey on August 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

If Coloradoans don’t throw out all the dems, then you will know they are congenitally stupid.

earlgrey on August 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

That’s why we’ll never get rid of ALL the Dems – Peoples’ Republik of Denver-Boulder has a very high concentration of stupid.

dentarthurdent on August 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Exactly. Hard to beat liberal Boulder and Denver counties.

COgirl on August 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM