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Recent Majority PAC ad attacking Rep. Cory Gardner
Okay, so here's an interesting twist to GOP Rep. Cory Gardner's flip-flop on supporting a personhood amendment: Despite claiming that he no longer supports personhood legislation, he has been a cosponsor of Federal personhood legislation since July.

According to the text of the "Life at Conception Act," the bill is designed to "implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person" and codify the notion that the "terms human person and human being include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization."

That's pretty much the same thing as the Colorado personhood amendment, so if Gardner now opposes that, he must also oppose the legislation that he cosponsored in July, right?

Except Gardner not only is still a cosponsor of the bill, when Sen. Mark Udall's campaign pointed out Gardner's support for personhood legislation at the federal level, Gardner's campaign defended their boss by saying the two proposals aren't the same thing.

Udall's campaign spokesman, Chris Harris, pointed out that Gardner the last two years co-sponsored the Life Begins at Conception Act, which defines a human being as "a member of the species homo sapiens" at the moment of fertilization. He said it was basically a federal version of the personhood amendment, a position with which Gardner's campaign disagrees.
They can disagree all they want, but the only big difference between the two measures is that one would have applied exclusively to Colorado while the other would have been a Federal law.

Obviously, it would hardly be credible for Gardner to flip-flop less than nine months after co-sponsoring that legislation, but it's even less credible for him to claim that he's flip-flopped on the question of personhood legislation in Colorado without withdrawing his cosponsorship of Federal personhood legislation and while arguing that the two proposals are completely different. You can't be for and against the same thing at the same time and expect to be taken seriously. And that's exactly the position Cory Gardner finds himself in today.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:25 AM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity and Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Maybe Udall Should Bring Out The Etch-A-Sketch (5+ / 0-)

    for Gardner.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:32:22 AM PDT

  •  Con Man Cory. (3+ / 0-)

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:34:01 AM PDT

  •  I wonder if he doesnt even keep track of his own (1+ / 0-)
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    Pilotshark

    positions. He just spouts off whatever his lizard brain judges the company he's in at the moment wants to hear. Its not as if his job is impt or anything.

  •  Of course it's different! (0+ / 0-)

    When he flip-flopped on his support for the Colorado measure it was Monday. Now that we're discussing the Federal bill, it's Tuesday. Completely different!

  •  He's an R; he speaks out of both sides of his (3+ / 0-)
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    melvynny, wishingwell, shoeless

    Mouth. It's natural.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:37:00 AM PDT

  •  selective double speak (2+ / 0-)
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    shoeless, Cadillac64

    With bad media news, you can easily succeed with double speak.  Each group of voters selects to hear only that which agrees with them.  Think basketball--support both teams--everyone "knows" you're on their side.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:47:31 AM PDT

  •  Con man Cory (5+ / 0-)

    is the best the gop/baggers have in Colorado...they have more nasty candidates floating around the state house in an attempt to re-take the majority...The NRA, and the local gun organization have been pouring money into the re-calls and now the primaries...The Kochs are buying up air time and the dark money is starting to roll in...We still have to deal with Ken Buck and assorted other crazies...buckle up, we are in for a ride...

  •  Is the Federal bill still active? (0+ / 0-)

    Last I heard it was at best stuck in committee. Is the bill still considered alive, or would it need to be resubmitted? If the latter, then while we can point out the BS of his "post-2010" conversion, we couldn't make the claim that he was still a co-sponsor of the (now dead) bill.

    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 Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:48:02 AM PDT

  •  Udall shd spend $ going for jugular now, when CG (1+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker

    is still being introduced to much of Colorado.

    Replenishing Udall's coffers later will be the responsibility of everybody who cares about control of the Senate and oversight of the CIA.

  •  "You can't be for and against the same thing at (0+ / 0-)

    the same time and expect to be taken seriously."  Actually you can, and you know it.  A requirement for politicians and others of the persuasion class.  Also, being for the death penalty and against abortion--and against birth control, as well.  There's a (extra large size) kitchen sink of contradictions, it's one of humans' most salient characteristics:  we can believe lots of contradictory things at the same time without any noticeable discomfort.  The envy of every other living thing on earth and Mark Twain's most reliable source of humor, as anyone who's familiar with the Grangerfords knows.

    If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu.

    by CarolinNJ on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 08:03:27 AM PDT

  •  So any pregnant woman who visits the US (2+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, 4mygirls

    - is now carrying a United States citizen in her belly!

    I mean, the logical extension of giving the rights of an adult human to a fetus is that the Constitution also applies to them.   There's that whole pesky notion of "natural born citizen" - but that's the whole point of the Constitutional amendment, no? To make the "preborn" citizens with full rights of the rest of America!

    Granted, immigration paperwork would be a nightmare, especially if it was applied retroactively.  A good chunk of the planet would suddenly become US citizens if they could prove their mothers visited the US while they were in utero.

    Right?

    /satire

    The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

    by catwho on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 08:07:24 AM PDT

  •  There is a big difference between the two. (0+ / 0-)

    The federal legislation is called the "Life at Conception Act".

    The Colorado state legislation is called the "Colorado Personhood Amendment".

    Are we clear on that now?

    I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai E. Stevenson

    by shoeless on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 08:09:19 AM PDT

  •  Why is the GOP high on this guy again? (3+ / 0-)
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    bananapouch1, Cadillac64, Lencialoo

    This is amateur hour antics. This is Romney-style flip-flopping and two-facing.

    Between this and Scott Brown "whatever" approach to explaining his blatant carpetbagging, the GOP's prize new Senate recruits are not off to blazing starts.

  •  Flip-flopping after just less than 9 months (1+ / 0-)
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    Lencialoo

    sounds like a pretty late-term flip flop.

    "In 20 years, the GOP will be small enough to drown in a bathtub." - me

    by estamm on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 08:25:32 AM PDT

  •  The towering conceit of fundamentalist males... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lencialoo

    continues to astonish. They are married to the notion that the man's moment of sexual climax is a Zeus-like act of creation... and thus "life begins at conception".

    The woman's role, of course, is all afterthought... a mere vessel for man's  miraculous achievement.

    The "ensoulment" of a human being is a mystery. But there's more common sense in the idea that it takes place like everything else in nature: gradually and incrementally.

    This view is expressed in the wisdom of Roe v Wade, which assigns greater rights to the fetus (and greater obligations to the mother) with the passage of time.

    This view also deprives the Fundie male of his exalted place in the process and creates anxiety over his "most favored" status with God.

    It's astonishing that Fundie women put up with this.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 09:27:10 AM PDT

  •  When... (0+ / 0-)

    ...does a corporation become a person?  At the moment when its papers of incorporation are filed?  When it names a CEO?  When its shares are divvied out? ...

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