My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Bartels Comes Back 

Last night I wrote about how Lynn Bartels of the RockyMountain News attributed the Republicans recent defeats in this state as simply the effects of Unaffiliateds running away.

But today Bartels makes up for it.

Oh, and, by the way, issues a very stark warning to Republicans in Colorado.

Two years ago, two of Colorado's richest Democratic benefactors plowed more than $7 million into Democratic candidates and causes.

Now a confidential memo to one of their advisers suggests that it would take contributions of nearly $12 million to finance independent political groups trying to influence the outcome of the presidential, U.S. Senate and 4th Congressional District races.

Yep, you read that right: TWELVE frickin' MILLION dollars!

That's enough to even choke up me, and I watch politics pretty closely. $12 million shouldn't sound like a lot of money to political watchers, but when you're on the other side of that $12 million, it seems like a WHOLE LOT of money.

Part of the Senate budget calls for a $1.9 million advertising campaign in March and April that would target Republican Bob Schaffer, who likely will face Democrat Mark Udall in the U.S. Senate race. "Define Schaffer/Foot on Throat,"

Here they come, folks. $2 million in ads to define Bob Schaffer while he's still trying just to raise his first million is crushing. Its the political Clausewitz Doctrine.

What's partially amazing about this whole thing is that Bartels even bothers to tell this story. Normally, the "professional journalists" would have just sat on this story until the day after the election.

Maybe what Republicans need to do is run an ad talking about how these billionaires have bought the last two elections, and what other causes they put their money behind.

Now the Republicans just need to come up with a sugar daddy to fund those campaigns.

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