Will Colorado’s women let a strict anti-abortion activist be elected president, governor or senator?
Will Colorado's women let a strict social issues , anti-abortion activist be elected president, governor or senator in Colorado?
Probably not. In every recent Colorado gubernatorial and senatorial election, a majority of women voted against anti-abortion social issues activists. And they'll probably vote against strict anti-abortionists such as Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, if they run or are nominated to run for president in 2012.
Since the last social issues activists, former Governor Bill Owens and former Senator Wayne Allyard, retired, no big government, strict social issues activist has been elected governor or senator in Colorado.
In this year's senatorial campaign, Obama Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet sucessfully demonized Republican Ken Buck's support of the personhood amendment, his opposition to abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, his support for a Constitutional amendment that would ban abortion and his opposition to gay marriages. Bennet used Buck's positions on social issues to deflect attention from his record as a rubber stamp for President Obama's job-killing economic, health care, environmental and spend and tax agendas.
Buck tried to run on economic issues, but Bennet never let him.
Despite the 2010 national anti-Obama wave that flipped 6 Senate and 60-plus House seats as well as 8 governor's chairs and more than 500 state legislative seats to Republicans, Buck and Tom Tancredo lost this year.
While Governor-elect John Hickenlooper didn't demonize Tancredo's anti-abortion and personhood beliefs and stands, he didn't have to. Everyone knew where Tancredo stood on those issues, and that helped Hickenlooper beat him decisively.
In 2006, Bill Ritter opposed abortion personally but made it clear that he wouldn't support anti-abortion legislation. That helped him easily defeat Republican Bob Beauprez who defiantly broadcast his opposition to abortion. Beauprez was a much better prospective governor than Ritter and would have been a better governor, but he handed the election to Ritter on a platter.
In 2008, former U.S. Rep. Bob Schaffer, who had spent more than a decade shrilly expressing his opposition to abortion, was an easy take down for Sen. Mark Udall. This was despite the fact that Udall is an environmental extremist who backs anti-drilling and other laws that kill Colorado jobs.
That Dan Maes backed the personhood amendment, which would have denied women the right to choose whether to have abortions or to use contraceptives, only helped turn women and men who agree with them against his doomed candidacy.
What this means is that anyone who is a social issues activist like Buck, Beauprez, Schaffer, Tancredo and Maes shouldn't waste their time running for governor or Senator in Colorado. If the GOP keeps nominating social issues activists, Colorado Republicans will forfeit any chances that they may have to win major elections in the state.
Some of Buck's supporters are suggesting that he run for attorney general or senator in four years.
But Bennet has branded Buck for life, and he's probably done as a candidate for governor, attorney general or senator.
If Cory Gardner, an equally strong activist on social issues who just won a seat in the U.S. House from the fourth Congressional district, steps down in the next few years, Buck could run for that seat and probably would win it. The fourth district supports social issues activists as long as they aren't as obnoxious about it as former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave was. Musgrave's outspoken opposition to gay marriage cost her her job in the 2008 election.
Look for social issues extremists to ignore the strength of the women's votes in Colorado. Such candidates will run. They'll win GOP primaries. And they'll lose every time to Obama Democrats, just as they did in 2006, 2008 and this year.
This is my 257th post on "Ken Buck" since October 1, 2009 and my 241st on "Michael Bennet" since September 18, 2009. Many of these posts mention both men.
Buck: Senate loss is on me, by Nate A. Miller.
How the Left used blogs, Facebook and Twitter to attack Ken Buck and how he failed to respond, by Donald E. L. Johnson, 10.26.2010.
Extremists' ballot initiatives will cost Ken Buck votes, By Donald E. L. Johnson, 8.31.2010.
Will Ken Buck's extremism beat Barack Obama's? By Donald E. L. Johnson, 8.14.2010.
Who's the extremist, Ken Buck or Obama Democrat Michael Bennet? By Donald E. L. Johnson, 6.28.2010.