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I do not understand it. I do not want to understand it.  I am angry disappointed and stunned that citizens can be so blinded, so disengaged, so easily duped.

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Jay Fawcett lost last night to Doug Lamborn.
It is inconceivable to me that this happened.

A decorated veteran vs an inarticulate chicken hawk.
The inarticulate chicken hawk won.
A man who was willing to  attend all forums for all citizens, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender preference vs a man who refused to attend forums addressing people of color, forums for those who believe differently, including forums with the League of Women Voters.
The man who refused to attend forums addressing people of color, forums for those who believe differently, including forums with the League of Women Voters.
A man who listened to citizens vs a man who  told a citizen shut up at a public forum.
The man  who  told a citizen shut up at a public forum wins.
A man who believes we need to think long and hard before sending our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers to war vs a man who believes that "stay the course" works.
A man who believes that "stay the course" works.
A man who believes that one's personal beliefs and one's religion are private, protected rights vs a man who believes he will be God's messenger in Washington  (and who did work for Ted Haggard).
The man who believes he will be God's messenger in Washington (and who did work for Ted Haggard) wins.

Jay Fawcett was gracious and hopeful in conceding last night.  
I am struggling with that.  My first thought this morning when I woke up was "To where and when can I move away from CO-5?"   How can I stay in a city so close-minded, so unable or unwilling to educate themselves that they could vote in as their representative an embarrassment.   This man, Doug Lamborn, will never represent me,   The very idea repulses me.  

I do not want to be represented by someone who thinks he is a messenger from  HIS God, who cannot and will not speak to the needs of all citizens and who puts the needs and wants of the extremely rich above the needs and wants of the poor and disenfranchised.

What you do to the least of me, you do to me.... is from the gospels.
We now have a representative in CO-5 who, while extolling his "Christianity" believes in exclusionary politics, in giving more to the rich and less to the poor;  supports the killing of others as righteous and holy because according to him, "they" will come over here and kill us.   We now have a representative in CO-5 who  in 12 years in the state senate did NOTHING for the people here.  His claim to fame is that he voted against EVERY tax increase whether it was needed or not and brags about it.  The greedy denizens of CO-5, those who passed TABOR that hurt this state enormously, the supposed Christians who apparently do not get that Jesus mentioned helping the poor over 2000 times in his gospels, and despised the exclusionary Pharisees, has sent a Pharisee to Congress to make sure they can keep their thirty pieces of silver for themselves.

What you do to the least of me, you do to me
Health care for citizens?  Forget about it!  Public education for all?  Religious schools and vouchers for him. The homeless, disabled veterans?  You are on your own.
Hang your heads in shame CO-5.  Your representative is a public embarrassment who makes dubya look articulate.

Originally posted to Jjc2006 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:24 AM PST.

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  •  I never thought we could win this one (0+ / 0-)

    I always thought this one was just plain way too red for us to even come close. This district is 2/3 Republican, for God's sake!

    •  It still boggles the mind (1+ / 0-)
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      This race (indeed, all the lost Colorado races), the Ford/Corker race, and the Massa/Kuhl race just get my goat every time I think about them.  How can people vote for such crappy representatives?

      We've got to break through this Party-or-bust mentality that will vote for a year-old hunk of Gorgonzola if it has an (R) stamped on it.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:33:24 AM PST

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    •  I was the pollyanna in this.... (1+ / 0-)
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      I did believe we could do the impossible.
      It was so overwhelmingly obvious.
      I get stunned.
      All people had to do was look at the debates, judge the men, and the answer was obvious.

      I do NOT get it.  I will go for a walk now and every person I pass, I will wonder....did you pay attention?  did you care? did you vote?

      We ran a good, honest populist campaign and Lamborn ran sleaze, greed and hate.  
      How can those people who declare their Christianity in public continue to lie to themselves?  I do not get it.  From Focus on the Family to New Life Church to the Catholic Diocese here, the message is clear; exclude, hate and condemn.  Jesus would truly be embarrassed by these people using his name.

      I keep thinking that somehow there is a soul to this community but their choices keep telling me otherwise.

      It is not our abilities that define us; it is our choices that show who we truly are....Dumbledore to Harry Potter (J.K.Rowling)

      •  Jjc (0+ / 0-)

        You said

        I do not understand it. I do not want to understand it.  I am angry disappointed and stunned that citizens can be so blinded, so disengaged, so easily duped.

        We all understand your feeling. But click the numbers in my sig and go take the Political Compass test. All during the time I was filling it out, the one thing going through my mind was that other people were filling it out with answers opposite to mine, and they are as sincere as me. People are different.

        Your comment applied to so many of us after November 2004. That really made me just check out for a while, take stock, question just who the hell I was sharing this country and this planet with. The Political Compass test began to help me understand how to talk with people who didn't agree with me, because it helped me understand why they disagreed. It also helped me understand the limits of reasoned discourse.

        I sometimes listen to a C-Span morning radio call-in show called "Washington Journal." The callers amaze me. By my guiding lights many of them are way out of bounds. But you know what? They are totally sincere. Sometimes they feel so strongly about their views that they cry on air. And they can't be ignorant - they watch C-Span after all. They're just different - they aren't evil, they aren't stupid, they are our neighbors and maybe our family and friends.

        •  I actually have already done that compass (0+ / 0-)

          I am a left wing liberal.   I am aware that I am to the left of most.   Jay is a moderate.   I could support him, even if there were some issues with which we disagreed.  I supported Jay because of his integrity, his honesty and his ability to be inclusive.  Jay would represent ALL the citizens of CO 5 and listen to them.

          I am a unable, at least today, to understand how people can blindly follow a sleazy man who could not garner the support of the outgoing very conservative Joel Hefly;  I cannot believe that they are sincere in believing a man who spews hate, bigotry and greed is a good person to represent us.  

          Sorry, my ability to understand this kind of blind stupidity is weak.   Lamborn will hurt this district.   That is a fact.

  •  District 5 is Colorado's Bavaria ... (2+ / 0-)
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    johne, libnewsie

    ...and it's gonna be a cold day in you know where before a Dem wins that seat, no matter how good her or his credentials. I lived in Colorado for 29 years, and despite the gorgeous locale, you couldn't get me to live CO-5 if you handcuffed me and left me on James Dobson's doorstep.

  •  send this as a letter to the editor of the... (2+ / 0-)
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    murphy, libnewsie

    local newspaper. then move the hell out of there.

  •  Mushrooms (1+ / 0-)
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    elected a mushroom because he had an R on him.

    Pathetic. Obtuse. Moronic.

    The sane people in CO-05 deserve competent representation.

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

    by bumblebums on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:26:52 AM PST

  •  LTTE (0+ / 0-)

    Start poking the fucking morons who live there in the eye.

    Lamborn is a gen-u-wine piece of dogshit.

  •  The power of psycho-churches (2+ / 0-)
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    libnewsie, LisaR

    ..and right-wing talk radio. It's really that simple. Folks in large parts of Colorado (and the South) snort the concentrated Kool-Aid packets and wash it down with opiate-juice. They are just totally misinformed and brainwashed.

    This is largely our fault for allowing the wingnuts to buy up all the airwaves, frame Democrats with lies, and co-opt Christianity unchallenged.

    Our work with media and churches is 3 decades behind the right-wing machine. We still gotta a lot of catchin' up to do.

    The GOP IS Daffy: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --Bill in ME

    by rhetoricus on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:29:46 AM PST

  •  Yes, but we need "bipartisanship" (1+ / 0-)
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    The Repub pundits are already lecturing the democrats that they must be "bi's" or they will get nothing. Bush to echo that this afternoon.

    Doug Lamborn needs  hands to be held across the aisle? From one who gives the back of the hand to everyone who doesn't worship Bush and the Repub team?

    You are in the minority now, buddy.  We aren't taking any lectures from you on patriotism,what we ought to do, morals (pages and porn) or what ordinary Americans need.

    You kept a seat and lost your majority.  Loser!

    Any investigations going on that could retire or jail this guy?

    "Genius is the recovery of childhood at will" Rimbaud (thanks to Harlan Ellison for reminder)

    by Pete Rock on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:31:01 AM PST

    •  Maybe, not likely (0+ / 0-)

      Lamborn ran a dirty campaign, and it's possible - but not likely - that any number of complaints could be filed about campaign co-ordination.  But those aren't jailable offenses.

      He'll be primaried in '08, and I hope Jay takes another run at the office, too.

      Democrats here in Colorado have done a decent job showing the state that they can, in fact, run the state responsibly - in fact, more responsibly than Republicans.  That needs to happen on a national level; the 100-hour plan needs to happen, positive and concrete steps towards reforming our government and our energy economy need to happen, real improvements in security - without loss of liberty - need to happen.  If we can do that, we can open up the door to more seats in '08.

      In a possibly sad side note, if we're successful, we may rehabilitate Dubya's image to the point that he recovers from being the Worst President Ever.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:39:10 AM PST

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  •  Jay Fawcett and Wanda James are a class act (3+ / 0-)
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    libnewsie, Christopher Walker, Pager

    Let's hope that Jay tries to remain in politics or perhaps continue on in the military infrastructure.  The people need him.  His campaign manager, Wanda is a class act through and through.  Any future campaign in Colorado would be lucky to have her.

    •  Did you call them? (1+ / 0-)
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      Christopher Walker

      Please call  them and thank them for running.  The message got out to everyone because people were willing to run in very bad districts.  Write them a note.  Tell them that the last year or two of their lives was not wasted.  That you appreciate all they have done to make this country and your district better.

      You will never know how important it is to get these notes!

    •  Well, Jay as well as Wanda (2+ / 0-)
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      are gracious and hopefully both will move forward and continue the battle to change things.

      I am not so sure I can do this again.  
      I don't get what makes people here tick. I know people who tell me they are Christians and seemingly are good people. But dare talk to them about the homeless, or health care and they bristle about anyone daring to suggest they owe anything to their fellow citizens.

      Jay is a moderate democrat, many would say a real centrist.
      I am a liberal, an unashamed of the word, LIBERAL.

      But I supported and worked for Jay because above all Jay has integrity, honesty and he listened to all citizens.  I don't have to have a politician agree with me on every issue but I do believe I want to be represented by someone who believes all constituents matter.

      Lamborn cares about white Christians (mostly men) with money.  Doug Lamborn and Ted Haggard are of the same mold.  The only difference is that at least Haggard could articulate to his followers.   Lamborn cannot even convince thinking citizens of either party he was capable and yet won because of the blind sheep instructed by Dobson and Haggard that Lamborn was "God's choice."   How sick is that?

  •  It's a shame (1+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker

    I know I felt the same way last night when Rep. Mark Souder IN-3 accepted his win and said it was by the glory of God that he won.  His opponent Dr. Tom Hayhurst was a much better candidate and by his actions, I would believe a more likely winner if God had actually chosen a candidate.  Made me hope that a lightning bolt would strike Souder.  

    DITCH MITCH-Republican "Bush Buddy" Governor of Indiana

    by libnewsie on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:38:44 AM PST

  •  I feel your pain (1+ / 0-)
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    It's tough when ignorance and bigotry win out.  It's the same in my state, and it do get weary.

    -8.38, -7.54 " remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all." - Elie Wiesel

    by deha on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:39:01 AM PST

  •  Welcome to the world of IA-5 (1+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker

    We have Steve King.  Though he is articulate, he is racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and conspiratorial.

    He got 60% of the vote in a 3 way race!

  •  Look at it this way - he's powerless in (1+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker

    the new House. No pork. Assignment to the garbage-can committee. A tiny office in the basement. No staff. Isolation from any kind of power. Sounds like political purgatory to me.

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 09:08:03 AM PST

  •  Colorado gave at the office (0+ / 0-)

    in 2004. We were all grateful.

    It's a bitter shame that this year, given 4 opportunities to elect really good Democrats to Congress in place of terrible Republicans, they scrunched their eyes shut, and elected only one of them. (Not the one I would have picked, either, if we could only flip one. I hope that's not too blunt.)

    But flipping even one of those 4 seats really does help. And all that hard work in those red districts has not gone to waste. Those three strong campaigns, even though they didn't prevail, will still pay dividends, next cycle, when we try for Allard's Senate seat.

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