From day one of his campaign, Sen. Mark Udall has attempted to create significant difference between himself and Barack Obama, laughingly claiming that he is the Senator that Obama most fears to see come tramping across the White House lawn. However, up until the last week, the only thing Udall has attempted to accomplish during his campaign is to run to the left of President Obama on abortion, which is pretty much a physical impossibility. His campaign, which was described by the Denver Post as “obnoxious,” “negative,” and “single issue,” has exposed Udall as an extremist on abortion, who is out of step with the vast majority of Colorado voters.
Based largely on his own floundering campaign, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] has accomplished the virtually impossible – he is now less popular in Colorado than Barack Obama. In an attempt to revitalize his campaign he performed a rapid fire interview with Denver’s ABC affiliate this past weekend that led to some pretty disastrous results. If anything, Udall established that he is out of step with Colorado on more than just abortion, and also that he is an intellectual lightweight.
First of all, I must note in passing that “Yes” is not really an acceptable answer to the question “Is Common Core good or bad for Colorado?” and also the obvious fact that [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] has probably not read three books so the question about naming three books that influenced him was manifestly unfair. But virtually every other answer [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] gave placed him well, well outside the mainstream of Colorado voters.
First, “Do you think Obamacare should be repealed?” Udall answered “No.” Colorado voters oppose Obamacare by one of the widest margins in the whole country, opposing it 60-37. Hispanics in Colorado, who Udall is counting on for his GOTV efforts, oppose Obamacare by a similarly large margin.
Next, “Do you believe in restrictions on gun owners?” Udall answered “Yes.” In many states this would be a difficult question to definitively poll since public answers to this question are notoriously varied based on the wording of the questions asked. But in the context of Colorado, which has been ground zero of the gun control battle over the last couple years, Udall’s answer must be seen as an endorsement of the gun restrictions passed by the legislature in 2013. These measures are now hugely unpopular in Colorado, opposed by Colorado voters by a margin of 39-56, and the numbers are only getting worse.
Next, “Do you believe in the death penalty?” Udall answered “No.” Like most states in America, Colorado is hugely supportive of the death penalty, where Colorado voters support it by a margin of 69-24. Colorado voters likewise are still stinging from Democratic governor John Hickenlooper’s reprieve granted to Nathan Dunlop last year, which was also hugely unpopular.
Next, “Would you like to see more regulations on fracking in Colorado?” After waffling, Udall answered “Yes.” Fracking is supported by Colorado voters by a similarly large margin, 51-34.
On issue after issue, when pressed on his beliefs, Udall exposed an issue platform that was widely and hugely unpopular in Colorado. Most of his positions are not favored by Coloradans, and it’s not even a close thing. Only the power of incumbency and the vaunted Democrats’ “ground game” (read: voter fraud) provide hope for [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] on election day. Whatever else happens, Udall has made it clear that his values don’t represent those of Colorado.