Well, you’ve probably heard that “Senator” Wonderbread won his primary, which means that I can no longer refer to him as never having won a vote. And it wasn’t even close! Andrew Romanoff called to offer his congratulations less than an hour after the polls closed. Being able to outspend your opponent by nearly 4-1 has its advantages, kids! Oh well–the guy who is liklier to beat him in November, GOP insurgent candidate Ken Buck, also won his primary narrowly against Jane Norton. Possible lessons of the Colorado primary? It looks like the GOPers are more likely to favor insurgencies, whereas there’s enough Dems satisfied with their incumbents (I know–go figure!) that they’re sticking with the status quo. (Remember, the two sitting senators to lose their primaries were Republican Bob Bennett in Utah, and Democrat-turned-Republican-turned Democrat Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, so we’ll count him as a half-Republican who didn’t have the confidence of Penna. Dems, and for good reason.) The GOPers are all about change this year. They also nominated a black man for CD-7, Ryan Frazier, voting for him by a margin of nearly 2-1. That’s quite a thumpin’.
Meanwhile, Don Maes narrowly edged out Scott McPlagiarist in the Republican gubernatorial primary. (Explanation of the plagiarism story here.) The buzz here among the Republicans is how to push both Maes and Tommy “the Tank” Tancredo out of the race so that the Rs have a prayer of beating John Hickenlooper in November. Yeah–good luck with that. (You all may have heard of Maes’s tinfoil hat conspiracy theories about what the Denver B-Cycle programmeans in terms of Hickenlooper’s plan for the worldwide takeover of the United Nations.) You thought they’d arrive in black helicopters, when apparently they’re going to arrive on little red bicycles!
Could this political season get any weirder in Colorado? Time will tell. One thing I don’t really understand was all of the hyperventilation over how “nasty” and “dirty” the Dem Senate primary was. If you think that was dirty, “Senator,” wait’ll you see what the Republicans unleash! Glass jaw, much?