Comments on: Senate appointments: Well now, isn’t that “spayshul?” History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:24:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: Who ever would have predicted? : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 01 Aug 2010 16:45:59 +0000 [...] a little recap as to why I think Bennet is such a supreme tool:  his  first job in Colorado was downsizing and raiding companies on behalf of right-wing, union-busti….  Then with zero political experience, he was named Chief of Staff for then-new Denver Mayor [...]

By: Tuesday Round-up: Fallen American Idols edition : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 09 Feb 2010 17:01:42 +0000 [...] only Rasmussen and DailyKos polls, but wev–that’s all we’ve got.)  Gee–who ever would have predicted that it might be a craptastic idea to crown this guy Senator?  Meanwhile, a guy who actually ran a [...]

By: Romanoff to challenge Bennet for CO Senate : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:50:10 +0000 [...] it looks like I won’t have to be the one to spark a Colorado Democratic primary fight after all:  Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has filed papers to challenge our appointed U.S. [...]

By: New York is saved, but is Colorado ready for a Senator with Locust Valley Lockjaw? : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:03:11 +0000 [...] such a free pass?  Not really, I don’t–because of course, there are no Latin@s with his background–not until Latin@s are presidents of most prestigious colleges and universities, dominate [...]

By: Historiann Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:34:37 +0000 I’m with you, cgeye–I’ll support Anyone But Bennet just out of principle. (Go over to–some people there are threatening to primary RITTER over this!)

You’d think that Ritter would have learned from George W. Bush: don’t ask for people’s suggestions unless you’re going to take them. It would have been better had he just manned up and admitted that Bennet was an idea he had all by his lonesome, instead of asking for people’s advice and then apparently ignoring it.

By: cgeye Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:47:05 +0000 God. Damn.

“Colorado’s governor asked the public to suggest candidates to fill a U.S. Senate seat, and thousands replied by e-mail.

However, it’s unclear whether Gov. Bill Ritter seriously considered many of them.

In hundreds of e-mails released by Ritter’s office, Coloradans proposed dozens of people to fill the job of Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, who has been tapped to become U.S. interior secretary.

Suggestions included state lawmakers, sitting and former U.S. House members, favorite relatives and a football star.

Not one of the e-mails made public through an open records request suggested the man chosen by Ritter: Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet.

Ritter, a Democrat, announced Jan. 3 he would appoint Bennet, a millionaire lawyer-turned-educator who advised President-elect Barack Obama on education policy. Bennet and Ritter then took a seven-city tour of Colorado to introduce Bennet to voters.

Some Democratic party insiders are scratching their heads over Ritter’s pick to serve the remaining two years of Salazar’s term.

“We’ve been just totally caught off guard,” said Tonia Gurnea, chairwoman of the Montezuma County Democratic Party. In an e-mail to an address Ritter set up to field suggestions, Gurnea picked former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

“It was kind of discombobulating” when Ritter chose Bennet, who has not held elective office, Gurnea said. “We thought we had this line of people and we took the time to look at them and think about it, and then out of the blue came this guy.”

Ritter’s suggest-a-senator address received some 3,300 e-mails.

Only about 10 percent of them were made public because of a state legal conclusion that the e-mails were job recommendations and therefore not subject to public review. Those made public came from folks who agreed to have them released.

Of that group, the largest number of people wanted Romanoff, followed by Colorado Springs Schools Superintendent Mike Miles, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Senate nomination in 2004″

If Mike Miles can put up with the bullshit of another campaign, I’ll vote for him, just like I did last time.

By: Kennedy and aristocracy, Palin and motherhood, and the “trashing” of Hillary Clinton : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 05 Jan 2009 17:16:37 +0000 [...] Speaking of American aristocracy and connections, go read Tina Brown on Caroline Kennedy.  “Why now?” seems to be the question everyone is asking, and Kennedy has been utterly ineffectual in answering that question with her Upper East Side-inflected, dispassionate Locust Valley Lockjaw.  It’s all about class, baby: I  have my own theory of why Caroline wants it—or, at least, why she suddenly emerged from her Upper East Side walk-in closet after 51 years. [...]

By: Historiann Mon, 05 Jan 2009 13:55:48 +0000 Thanks, Mikail–I can’t believe that I and the people at the only people disappointed by this strange pick. You’ve got it exactly right: they are writing the Republican comeback. The R bench is a little thin and shopworn now after Shaffer’s shellacking this fall, but for cripessakes–they’ve got some men who could run a convincing populist campaign in 2010 against the lightweight carpetbagger Ivy-Leaguer.

Bennet’s big “achievement” is that he shut down a school that served poor black and brown kids. What a big man!

By: Mikail Mon, 05 Jan 2009 10:00:25 +0000 Thank you for the work on this. I have forwarded your take on Bennett to a few of my politico friends.

Can’t say I’m surprised on the Bennett decision, but I do think the democrats are going to be facing the consequences of their hubris soon. They are practically writing the Republican comeback story.