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Jay Fawcett hasn't let up since we saw him in Vegas in June at Yearly Kos. He was still going strong when we (the phenomenal em dash, who is acting as my Colorado guide, and I) caught up with him at a house party following his drive-time radio debate with opponent Doug Lamborn Monday evening.

Speaking of Lamborn, wow. The debate was quite an experience, listening in with Fawcett campaign staff and volunteers and the Colorado Springs chapter of Drinking Liberally. Jay wasn't entirely on his game Monday, but he didn't need to be. Lamborn was an embarrassment, particularly when asked by the moderator what he was least proud of in his time in the legislature. "Hmmm . . . . [22 seconds of dead air] . . . . . I stand by my voting record." Add to that the fact that he repeated his opening statement verbatim for a closing and you get the impression that Lamborn isn't among Colorado's great thinkers.

The challenge for Jay isn't his challenger, it's the district itself, with a registration breakdown of 45.8 percent Republican, 21.5 percent Democratic, and 32.3 percent unaffiliated. In order to pull this off, Jay has to get a really big proportion of those unaffiliated voters, and a substantial portion of Republicans wouldn't hurt.

If anybody could do it in this district, it's Jay. The huge presence of the Air Force (Lt. Col. Fawcett is an Academy graduate, and a Bronze Star recipient for his actions in teh first Gulf War) makes Jay a good fit for the district. Add to that the fact that this district has the fourth highest concentration of veterans in the country. So Jay speaks the language of a huge portion of the districts residents, his would-be constituents. That has helped him make incredible inroads--he's been more successful than any previous Democratic candidate in both fundrasing and polling. This is the 18th most Republican House district in the nation, so that's a pretty significant achievement.

More on the flip.

Watching Jay with would-be constituents is instructuvie. Kossacks who met him in Vegas know that he's no-nonsense and non-apologetic about his political beliefs. Whether he agrees with you or not, he'll tell you what he thinks, why, and why he thinks you're wrong. At one of the house parties we attended, he had a pointed exchange iwth a voter who argued thatthe U.S. should exploit all possible domestic sources of oil, including the Arctic Refuge andoff-shore drilling. Jay disagreed point blank. Until the U.S. is forced the feel the effects of oil as a non-renewble resource, he argues, until oil prices rise and availability is curtailed, Americans won't get serious about conservation or development of alternative fules. It's a "tough love" message on energy independence for a wavering voter.

Watching this exchange, and hearing the challenging questions that came from these voters (many of whom were Republicans) gave me the sense that we were in a pretty hostile room. But when the time came, almost everyone there opened up their checkbook.

The evening demonstrates what Jay told me was his most effective strategy in the campaign--reaching out to the reasonable, middle ground of voters in the district, be they Republican, Democratic, or unaffiliated. One thing he hopes to help hasten by building these inraods is the fracturing of the GOP in Colorado. The "extreme, right-wing, evangelical, Christian fundamentalist" Republican wing of the party (that's Jay's description, via Gary Hart) has hijacked the party in this district--home to James Dobson. (In fact, right there on the federal interstate highway driving into Colorado Springs is a big highway sign announcing the exit to the Focus on the Family visitor center.)

The GOP my be fracturing, they may have picked one of the worst, most extreme among them to replace Joel Hefley in this district (Hefley has called Lamborn's tactics in the primary "sleazy" and refused to endorse him), but this is still a Republican district through and through. They have a boatload of money to dump in against Fawcett, and that's what they're doing with a new radio ads starting today. The campaign is getting increasingly ugly as the GOP tries to land the final blow.

The Denver Post's most recently released poll has Lamborn leading by 7. From the outside, and the little bit of inside I've seen of Colorado, even in this incredible year with this incredible candidate, it's hard to imagine Jay pulling off this incredible upset. If any candidate could do it, it's him. If you're anywhere near the district, get out to one of his events on his barnstorming tour, and let him know what a phenomenal job he is doing.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:54 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks to Jay and Susan, his wife (16+ / 0-)

    for taking the time on Monday to talk.

    And to DL Colorado Springs for the listening party. Hang in there, guys.

    Now I have to go find appropriate footwear for snow. Off to Montana tomorrow.

    "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:53:25 PM PST

    •  A question for you (2+ / 0-)
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      dirtfarmer, JoCoDem

      To those of us not in these districts it's easy to lump ID-01, NE-03, CO-05 and WY-AL together into one phenomenon.   From your experience on the ground, just how similar are they?  Is it, generally, the same factors motivating the challenges, or is does each district have an unique situation.

      Just wonder from someone who wishes they could take that trip...

      "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

      by bawbie on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:02:51 PM PST

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      •  Just found some good waterproof, warm boots (3+ / 0-)
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        bawbie, dcookie, dirtfarmer

        so I'm ready for Montana.

        They're really only that comparable because they skew so Republican, but it's a different kind of Republican in Colorado than in the other states. While there's a strong pro-life contingent in Nebraska, they don't seem to be as whacky and fundamentalist as the Dobson crowd in Colorado. That's the case in Idaho, too. Nebraska and Idaho seem to be the most similar.

        There are regular, moderate type of Republicans in these states, too. More conservative than, say, Western Washington Republicans. But having a problem with the extent to which the national GOP is moving into crazy territory. High deficits are a problem. Stem cell research is an issue. Health care is a huge issue.

        Everyone is fed up wit the war. That I've heard everywhere.

        "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

        by Joan McCarter on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:30:29 PM PST

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      •  I live in CO-05. (3+ / 0-)
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        chiniqua, dcookie, cherryXXX69

        Colorado Springs, and especially the northeastern corridor represented by 05, is very much dominated by the "family values" Christian-right crowd. As has been mentioned, this district has not elected a Democrat since it's been in existence - over twenty years, if I remember correctly.

        So it's not entirely surprising that Fawcett trails Lamborn - many voters here don't know any other kind of example. (Hefley served well, but he's not exactly a household name.)

        I think the polls may be off-base in this race - an arguably unscientific poll over at our local AM news-radio station shows Fawcett leading Lamborn 70 to 28, with only 2 percent undecided/other.

        This district may be populated by Jesus-freaks, but they're not stupid. Lamborn is an incredibly poor candidate, and it shows.

        -6.25, -4.77 -- I shoot people in video games, and I VOTE!

        by Duncan1800 on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:37:00 PM PST

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        •  Oops - I should also mention... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...that the ever-rotating troops coming in and out of Iraq from Fort Carson will probably have a big say in this race. The war is absolutely unavoidable here.

          -6.25, -4.77 -- I shoot people in video games, and I VOTE!

          by Duncan1800 on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:38:58 PM PST

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          •  Yeah (3+ / 0-)

            that's a factor we didn't have a chance to talk about with Jay.

            I'm just utterly baffled about what's going to happen in this race. Jay is a perfect candidate for it. I can't imagine anyone else having the success he has had there.

            Voting R is just so ingrained with so many people there. I hope they can kick the habit this time around.

            "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

            by Joan McCarter on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:43:49 PM PST

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        •  I also live in CO-05 (5+ / 0-)

          But I live in the hinterlands.  Chaffee County, to be exact.  He is coming to visit two of our towns tomorrow and pointed out in today's local newspaper that Lamborn had pretty much ignored our rural area.  He made a pitch for working for the good of everyone, not just your party.  Of going to Washington without an ideological agenda.  Of representing the entire district and not just the vote-rich Colorado Springs area.  That's a good message here.  We've seen partisans work together for the community, because divided we get nothing--only 16k people in the county

          Go Fawcett!

        •  I'm also in CO-05, although new, (3+ / 0-)

          and it is as described: decidely Republican. It was created in 1972, as I understand it, to lump Rs into one district and help prevent them from grabbing a couple in one shot. But a goodly part of the population is not nutcase R. Jay has a chance to pull this thing off, but it's likely to be a nail-biter if he does. He is the perfect D for the 5th.

          The polls have bounced around quite a bit lately, so I'm not sure what to think. The main thing is that, if nothing else, Jay has scared the Rs into spending time, money, and effort here that they never dreamed of. And that will help us elsewhere. (And, no, I'm not a defeatist as to Jay's race)

  •  McJoan,,, (5+ / 0-)

    do you think the Haggard thing is going to help Jay at all?

    Is it getting much play there?

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2810+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

    by Miss Blue on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:54:03 PM PST

    •  It broke (3+ / 0-)
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      OLinda, Miss Blue, johne

      just as I was leaving the state. I have no idea how it will play. I'd keep checking Colorado Confidential and SquareState for the latest.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:56:17 PM PST

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      •  Um (1+ / 0-)
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        Jay doesn't want Haggard's help, iykwim.

        But he most certainly will hurt Doug Lamborn, who's run the most imcompetent campaign I have ever seen.

      •  It can't help. (0+ / 0-)

        Talk about shaking the foundations of the faithful.  This whole massive foundation of "morality", and a sense of being truer and morally superior to others by virtue of following this tortured soul.

        No one has time to read it now, but there was a great article in Harpers about these folks not too long ago called Soldiers of Christ.  The whole Colorado Springs phenomenon, life in a major megachurch and so on, very long.  Good to read if you've got a long wait at the dentist's office or something like that.  

        I'm not religious myself, but I was raised that a pastor ministered to his flock.  When they're sick, counselling for marriage, mourning and funerals, baptizing the new ones.  Actually knowing who they are, real personal contact.  These media personalities who minister as an image to an anonymous multitude give me the creeps.  (Remember Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker - and why does Larry King keep interviewing her like an old pal?  Who gives a rat's ass about her anyhow?)

        I'm reminded of that game where you have a big tower of blocks, and the competition is to pull ones out, leaving the structure up.  And then, suddenly, one more causes the whole thing to collapse.  (Same concept as "the straw that broke the camel's back".)

    •  Been checking the local media sites... (3+ / 0-)'s the breakdown.

      The story broke this morning when Haggard's accuser appeared on KHOW-AM's Peter Boyles show in Denver. This prompted KUSA-TV (ABC) to get a response from Haggard, since they had already been working on this story for months. KUSA then felt that they could run with it, since they now had the story (in some form) from both sides.

      KUSA has a full, unedited interview with Haggard that they taped last night - I expect it'll be on their newscast sooner than later.

      Now, these are both Denver stations that have nothing to do with local media...HOWEVER, our CBS affiliate KKTV has this story leading the headlines on their site, so it'll definitely be on at 5:00 here. I'll let you know in a couple of minutes.

      -6.25, -4.77 -- I shoot people in video games, and I VOTE!

      by Duncan1800 on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:55:12 PM PST

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  •  McJoan... (5+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, OLinda, bawbie, sardonyx, bherner

    You are the world's swellest bloggist.

    threatening the forces of conservatism since 1963...

    by cleverblogname on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:54:10 PM PST

  •  In the scheme of things (2+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, Land of Enchantment

    people like Lamborn are going to do one of two things with their careers.

    Either leave within 6 years, or stay for 25 years.

    The first is ideal for the Republicans in Colorado. The second is going to be a pain for a lot of people.

    Plus, electing Fawcett guarantees at least two more competitive primaries for the GOP in the district where the "sensible" and "silly" wings battle.

    Hopefully Fawcett can get though, and then surprise a lot of people.

    "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

    by RBH on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 01:55:56 PM PST

    •  Extension (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Radlein, Land of Enchantment

      if Lamborn wins, he runs for the Senate in 2010 against Salazar.

      The GOP bench for the future is going to be reduced if Lamborn loses. If Colorado really does swing to a 6-1 delegation, or 5-2, then the following could be expected.

      Allard v. Udall in 2008.

      Somebody in the state government against Salazar.

      Tancredo will run for President of Fantasyland, or for some other office, and he will lose.

      "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

      by RBH on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:04:29 PM PST

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      •  Lamborn would get KILLED by Salazar (1+ / 0-)
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        John West

        that would be a Nelson/Harris type mismatch.  He'd be lucky to get 1/3 of the vote...

        "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

        by bawbie on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:33:24 PM PST

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  •  Slightly O/T (2+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, Land of Enchantment

    Didn't Haggard support Jay Fawcett's rival? Does anyone know if they had some kind of political relationship?

    I don't want Jay to win off of a November Surprise, because of all our candidates, he deserves to be elected on merit alone, but the Colorado Springs bombshell could conceivably have an impact on the race.

    •  There's bad blood between Haggard and Lamborn (1+ / 0-)
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      From PFAW's Right Wing Watch:

      The Club for Growth, which specializes in primary challenges, campaigned heavily for Lamborn, running ads attacking both Crank and Rivera for being “liberal” tax-hikers. (Two talk radio stations refused to run a Club ad, claiming the tax-raising label thrown around was inaccurate in at least one case.) And the Christian Coalition’s Colorado chapter mailed out a flier (pdf) accusing Crank and Rivera of supporting the “radical homosexual agenda.” The Christian Coalition of Colorado – whose executive director was the brother of Lamborn’s campaign manager – was rebuked for the dubious ad by Colorado Springs-based pastor and National Association of Evangelicals President Ted Haggard, as well as by the national office of the Christian Coalition.

      I haven't a clue if Haggard's weighed in on Lamborn since the primary.

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:20:08 PM PST

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  •  "the phenomenal"... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...em dash's" Web site can be found here.

    So, has the GOP tried their upsidedownism in this race by calling Fawcett and traitor and a coward and a terrorist-sympathizer the way they usually do when faced by a Democrat who has served in uniform under fire?

    •  It's taxes and more taxes (2+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades, OLinda

      That's all they really have to hit him with.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:01:09 PM PST

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      •  this is what EVERY R is going with (1+ / 0-)
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        Every single campaign ad in KS/MO area is going "taxes" full-bore.  No evidence to support it, of course.  Isn't this like filming an ad that says "If elected, he's going to beat his wife and rape the nanny!"???

        How can they just say these lies, point-blank, with no basis in fact?  Do DEMS do this???  

        Republican recruitment for the 82nd Chairborne at an all-time high...

        by topicalstorm on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:22:45 PM PST

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      •  The response to that is to say (2+ / 0-)
        we either pay our bills now, or we have to pay them later, with interest, which is just what the Republicans have set us up for.

        I would face this thing right down cold. Folks need to be made to understand that tax cuts mean we aren't  paying our bills.

        -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

        by John West on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:41:52 PM PST

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        •  A deficit is just a delayed tax increase (0+ / 0-)

          Everytime a Republican claims that Democrats will raise taxes tell them that the deficits incurred by Republicans is already a tax increase that will need to be paid for.  When government spends more than it collects it will have to raise taxes on someone at somepoint to cover the difference.  Since Republicans have given tax cuts to the wealthy and engaged in corporate welfare for Exxon and CitiCorp the only place that they can get more money from is the middle class and overseas.  Eventually the overseas investors will want a return on their investment and either interest rates rise or you have to have a tax increase.

          Hit em with record deficits everytime they cry tax increase.  It will happen or else our government will have to declare bankruptcy.  Endless borrowing is not an option.

  •  was great to remeet you last night (3+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, OLinda, Oreo

    Sorry I didn't say bye, but you were in conversation and I was sleepy.  I did a quick write-up this morning.

  •  Couple of points here... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lamborn may have a 7 point lead,but in a district like this that is truly surprising and I suggest it may not have substance to it. It could be a very shaky lead looking for a misstep to evaporate. The other good point is that he is below 50%---that suggests those unaffiliated ir Independent voters are very,very available.

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:03:13 PM PST

  •  It's nice to read more about Jay (2+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, cherryXXX69

    I commented the other night that I got voters in his district to call for MoveOn's Call For Change... many hang-ups, a few die-hard Dem's, and then the always-frustrating "I'm not really paying attention and I don't know if I'll vote".  Those are the ones I try to convince, without taking up too much time, that yes, it really IS worth a trip to their polling place.  I'll keep pluggin' away.  Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience there.

  •  My friend and I donated to Jay (4+ / 0-)

    as we did to other vets running for office.

    Good luck to Jay and the rest.  We need some sane folks in Congress to replace the riffraff.

    "Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people."--Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox

    by lebkuchen on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 02:14:43 PM PST

  •  We need more posts like this (3+ / 0-)

    We get a bit hung up here on the political blogs with all of the he said - she said stuff and whether or not this gaffe was made or not.

    But a lot of building a campaign is house to house, event to event, keeping the volunteers organized and keeping the phone banks working.

    We all could learn a lot from these "inside the office" type of posts.

    Let's wait until after Tuesday as we all need to GOTV. But, I'd love to hear how campaigns are organized and done at this level so that we can all learn how to help.

    mcjoan -- thanks for making the trip. Hope we win where you stop!

    Old Abe

  •  Dead Air Between the Ears (0+ / 0-)

    Lamborn was an embarrassment, particularly when asked by the moderator what he was least proud of in his time in the legislature. "Hmmm . . . . [22 seconds of dead air] . . . . . I stand by my voting record."

    Well, that approach worked for Dubya in the 2004 debates, didn't it?

  •  This Haggard thing (1+ / 0-)
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    can only be a stick of fried gold for Jay Fawcett.  If he can link Lamborn and Haggard in any way (or even imply a link), it could throw him over the top in CO-5.  At the least, it definitely depresses the Republican base who must attend Haggard's church in some numbers.

    Wow, could Fawcett have paid for a better late election gift?

  •  for a further profile (2+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, johne

    see the Crashing the States diary on Jay Fawcett's campaign.

  •  The Economist wrote on this race too (1+ / 0-)
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    The Economist called Doug Lamborn a buffoon.


  •  Thanks for meeting us last night (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, annetteboardman, johne
    For the impromptu Drinking Liberally South.  I enjoyed getting to meet the person behind the monniker, and I hope you have a terrific rest of your trip.  I look forward to your diaries and I'll also now check out some of the other, local blogs and see what I can contribute there.  Maybe even come to Chicago next year - who knows?
  •  Ritter up by 22 (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    Looks like we'll have a Dem Governator in a week.  Recent poll (10/30-11/1) has Ritter at 57 and Beauprez (isn't that a FRENCH name???) at 35.


    The Meek Shall Inherit NOTHING

    by LickBush on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 03:54:57 PM PST

  •  letter to editor (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    This letter appeared today in our local paper:
    Fawcett needed in D.C.

    Dear Editor:

    Our outgoing U.S. Congressman from the 5th District, Joel Hefley, has labeled Doug Lamborn, the Republican candidate for the seat he is vacating, "sleazy and dishonest" and refuses to endorse him although he is running on his own party's ticket.

    To quote Hefley, "It's not something I can do to help put more sleaze factor in Congress." (Denver Post, 9/06/06)

    On the other side of the ticket is a proven U.S. military veteran, Jay Fawcett, a graduate of the Air Force Academy who served in the first Gulf War earning a Bronze Star and who worked at U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base. Lamborn, on the other hand, never served in the military.

    On the votes that the League of Conservation Voters Rocky Mountain Office considered to be the most important in 2001, state senator Lamborn voted their preferred position zero percent of the time.

    He voted against the interests of the Colorado PTA 100 percent of the time for five straight years. So much for our children's education.

    Lamborn voted against the interests of the AARP of Colorado 80 percent of the time in 2006. (All sources: Project Vote Smart).

    What kind of message does that send to the senior citizens of Colorado?

    He is attempting to paint his opponent as a "liberal" but Fawcett's platform and positions show that to be just more dishonesty. Lt. Colonel Fawcett wants vigilance in the war on terrorism, but also wants clear goals and objectives with the use of our military force.

    He wants to strengthen the veteran's heath care system, not reduce it. He is also a big proponent of sportsmen's rights. Hardly "liberal" positions.

    I, for one, want my representative in Washington to be honest and forthright. I don't want them telling us to "shut your mouth" as Lamborn did at a recent debate in Cañon City.

    I also believe we need more U.S. veterans representing the people of Colorado in Washington, D.C., at this critical time with the deadly conflicts raging overseas. Come November this Coloradan intends to vote for Jay Fawcett.

  •  Since I have all you Coloradans here (0+ / 0-)

    there's a post-election, post-construction party at Casa de Frankenoid on 11/11.  Details will be posted in garden blogging on Saturday, with a follow-up diary sometime next week.  Or visit the calendar at Square State; it's posted there.

    Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so afflict it with tape? - Ian Frazier, Lamentations of the Father

    by Frankenoid on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 04:05:08 PM PST


    Tonite a CNN analyst on "The Situation Room" predicted the U.S. Senate will go to the Democrats, who will pick up 6 seats.  They described this as "the Republican's worst nightmare."

    I'd describe it as "the Country's best hope."

  •  Can anyone tell me why (0+ / 0-)

    there has been a flurry of TEST diaries for different races on tuesday?  One is on the diary list now for OH-SEN.

    The diarist's name is "ohiorepub", no previous diaries or comments.  There have been many more than that recently for a whole slew of races.

  •  rove made a huge mistake (0+ / 0-)

    but the media is trying to ignore it.  Bush should not have asked Kerry for an apology unless he is willing to give one himself.  Bush is the one killing our soldiers.  A greater mistake in politics has not been made. ck results wednesday - house = dems, senate = dems, governors = dems.

  •  on hanging tough (0+ / 0-)

    this video is very informational on the subject.

  •  OT GO TO ATRIOS (0+ / 0-)



  •  CO-05 WOULD VOTE FOR JOSEPH STALIN... (1+ / 0-)
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    if his name had a (R) after it on the ballot.
    Colorado is known for its shallow thinking politicians. See Musgrave, Tancredo, Beauprez, Owens.
    Being a Coloradan, it is REALLY embarassing. When Dobson mentions abortion and gays to his following, they march like ZOMBIES to the polls and vote for the above incompetent.
  •  El Paso County, early voting stats (0+ / 0-)

    Roughly summarized:  the early R votes outnumber the early D votes, 2 to 1.

    D, and Unaffiliated votes being roughly equal.

  •  This is a surprise! (2+ / 0-)
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    chiniqua, dcookie

    Frankly, I've lived in Denver for 20 years and never even considered the possibility that Colorado Springs could ever elect a Democrat. It just looks like fundie nutjob domination from here, sprinkled with Airforce Academy grads who swallow all the cool-aid Rush Limbaugh can dish out before they get to work in the morning. Just a sink-hole for all the people who are driving our country into the ground.

    But something seems to be happening this year. One friend put it "the Republicans are pissing off their base." I didn't think much of it because I assumed the sheeple will turn out and vote however they're told whether they're "mad" or not.

    But, apparently even in the center of the fundie capital, things are not looking rosy.

    If the Republicans can't hold CO-05 they can't hold anything, and I mean anything. This is as hard-right as any district in the country. The fact that there is even a race simply means that there's "a big wave coming."

    Remember those videos of the tsunami that hit Indonesia? There's this film of people standing on the beach and watching this huge wave approaching. At first they don't seem to grasp how big it is or how powerful. It's only when the wave actually hits the beach and starts to run right up the sand that some of them start to realize "hey! this thing is just not stopping, maybe I should get out of the way!" And by then of course, it's too late.

    For all the talk from Republicans about how "prepared" they are and how their famous GOTV efforts will keep everything under control, they sure didn't imagine this. Chosing to take the nation to war and then losing will do that to a party.

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