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  •  Whoa ... no, not even close (17+ / 0-)

    Gardner is poorly known, and although a talented politician so is Mark Udall. He's getting in late and will have a long hard haul to catch up money-wise. And the Chair of the DSCC is Udall's fellow Coloradan, Michael Bennet. This is still  a solid Lean D, with potential to be put away by the Fall if things go well.

    •  I have to agree... The national climate for (3+ / 0-)
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      Republicans is going to be absolutely terrible this year. Gardner can be tied to any number of teabagger House votes. Just run a photo of Eric Cantor and the Koch Brothers in the oppo ads and you'll give him a 10-point favorability haircut right off the bat.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:18:19 PM PST

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      •  None of the polling now (1+ / 0-)
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        suggests that you're correct.

        Dems aren't outpolling the repubs by much.  We're just doing a little bit less bad.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:40:24 PM PST

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        •  With its three most prominent governors under (1+ / 0-)
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          the cloud of indictment, Obamacare ramping up hard, the economy set to burst out the gate at spring's arrival (see today's housing starts), and the Teabaggers fighting rear-guard actions recklessly and out in the open, the Dems have nowhere to go but up. I expect Obama to near 60 percent approval by June 1. They only need the courage of their convictions, and opinion and money will flow their way.

          "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

          by Mogolori on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:07:02 PM PST

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      •  did Gardner vote for the government shutdown? (2+ / 0-)
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        If so...that could be a negative for him.

        •  Gardner is my rep...unfortunately (3+ / 0-)
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          He is well liked in rural, eastern Colorado but not so popular in the burbs and metro Denver area. Some in his area wanted to secede and form the 51st state...never happened, most Coloradans thought they were a joke. He's definitely part of the TP and has funding from oil and gas industry (koch $$). His wife, Jamie Gardner, recently took a job with an educational foundation that supports the oil & gas industry  as well. Hopefully voters follow the money and vote against him...  Coloradans are big on the environment and many voices are speaking out against fracking, I'm hoping this will be his Achilles heel.

          Confucius say: "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient."

          by Lencialoo on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:50:16 PM PST

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          •  He does have a few weeknesses though. (0+ / 0-)

            He seems to be a true social conservative, which doesn't seem to do that well in metro areas. Plus, he's also anti-immigration, which doesn't play that well in a state with such a large Hispanic population.

            Although, I will give him this much...He doesn't seem like a crackpot like Tancredo or Buck. He's smart in the sense he's tried to keep his voice out of some of the more controversial issues that could blow up in his face.

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