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  •  What are Bennet's strengths and weaknesses (1+ / 0-)
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    and just how DID he pull off that unexpected win?

    •  I'm not really sure (5+ / 0-)

      Bennet was kind of a blank slate to a lot of people upon being appointed to the Senate.  He was previously the superintendent of Denver public schools, and before that, the chief of staff to the Denver mayor.  He had never won an election before, or even ran for anything.

      He did show some strength when he easily turned aside a primary challenge after being appointed, but I think what really made this race was crazyman Ken Buck winning the GOP nomination over former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.

      Buck campaigned like the next coming of Tom Tancredo and thus he scared away crucial voters in the Denver suburbs (areas that George Bush had managed to win).  That pretty much sealed Buck's fate.  Just not enough votes elsewhere to come back from that.

      So while Buck was certainly a terrible candidate, I think there is something to be said about Colorado slowly drifting to the left.

      •  That IMHO is a big part of Bennet's win. (1+ / 0-)
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        All of a sudden, "Milquetoast Mike" was looking awfully attractive compared to "King Ken of Batsh*t Crazy". Also from what I understand, Colorado Dems had kept intact the strong ground game that turned the state Blue in 2008... Including a solid OFA presence.

        Really, we saw the seeds of Obama's reelection campaign planted in 2010... If we knew where to look. They must have figured that parts of "The Rust Belt" would be trouble spots by now, so they ensured Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada held up well enough to form "The Western Firewall" that would make Mitt Romney's Road to 270 incredibly more difficult.

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