Ken Buck’s paying for his extremism on abortion, personhood
If Ken Buck is trailing Michael Bennet by one point as one poll shows, the Democrats' unfair attack on his reasonable decision to not prosecute a date rape case could cost him a seat in the U.S. Senate.
But if he's still leading by five points as the Rasmussen Reports poll showed a week or so ago, he still may win because voters want to send a message to President Obama. Appointed Obama Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet is and will be Obama's rubber stamp, no matter how much he pretends to be a centrist.
Buck setup himself for the Democrats' well-planned and executed last minute attack. He wrongly believes life begins at conception and that the life of a newly fertilized egg is more important that the life and health of a mother who doesn't want to spend the rest of her life looking into the eyes of the child of her rapist. He supported the anti-conception personhood Amendment 62 before he said he didn't support it. Then, in the face of a backlash from his anti-women base, he said he wouldn't take a position on Amendment 62 or any of the other issues on the state's ballot this year.
As a result, Buck comes off as a man who panders to his base regardless of his beliefs. I really don't know what he believes, and I don't think anyone else does, either. I can say the same thing about Bennet who's pretending to be a moderate after rubber stamping Obama.
No matter what Buck believes, the Democrats are trying to win the votes of women, especially independents, who fear his extremism on social issues. He's already losing the women's vote by a big margin, and he may lose more of them. Some say he's so far ahead with male voters that Bennet can't win, but don't count on it.
What all of this means is that no matter how reasonable Buck's decision was to not prosecute the date rape case, he's losing the argument with a lot of voters. The only question is, can he and his independent supporters go negative on Bennet's anti-Colorado votes hard enough to win the election?
The next three weeks will tell.
Swiftboating Ken Buck, by Ross Kaminsky.
CoDA Alert: ProgressNow and Colorado Independent coordinate 'Buck rape case' story, by Michael Sandoval.
Sex and politics in the Senate race, by Chuck Plunkett.
Michael Bennet Dems trying to turn Ken Buck's decision in 5-year-old rape case into major scandal, by Donald E. L. Johnson.
Rape case haunts Buck in Colo, by David Catanese.
Ken Buck 50%, Michaele Bennet 45% or Bennet 46% to 45%? The Business Word, 10.5.2010.
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