October 11th, 2010 18:16 EST
Michael Bennet Will Win the Senate: Is Ken Buck is Too Extreme for Colorado?
In a current Real Clear Politics average, Republican Ken Buck is ahead of Michael Bennet in the Colorado Senate race by 4.4. 48.4-44. Contrary to this, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) gives Bennet a one point lead over Buck, 46-45. Come November 2nd, I believe that Michael Bennet will win, since Ken Buck, as the Tea Party candidate, is an extremist on so many issues, such as Social Security, health care and abortion. On the other hand, Colorado is a moderate to liberal state in terms of political timbre.
Ralph Routon, writing for the Colorado Springs Independent, has clarified Buck`s position on many crucial issues. Buck has made statements against Social Security and Medicare. He would do away with the Department of Education.
He wants to keep the military`s Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell " policy about gays, saying we should have a homogenous " military. He opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. He would prefer that parents choose their children`s schools with vouchers. He`s against having a national database of gun owners. He would support de-funding and repealing all health care reform. "
In his column, Between the Lines, Ralph Routon makes an appeal to independent and/or moderate voters, who have not yet made up their mind, to take a close look at just how extreme Ken Buck is on some of these social issues. Routon further points out that Ken Buck`s role model is arch-conservative Jim DeMint of South Carolina. DeMint has recently declared that gays and unmarried women sleeping with their boyfriends " should be prohibited from teaching in schools.
An article in The New York Times, written by Kirk Johnson (Democrats in Tight Races Put Focus on Abortion Rights) also concurs with the idea that social issues, such as abortion, could hurt Ken Buck. Ken Buck is opposed to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. A convincing ad of Bennet`s has an obstetrician in her scrubs, saying that women will lose control of their bodies, if Ken Buck wins.
I believe that people from Colorado are more liberal on social issues, so I sense this will help Bennet in this oh so tight race. A spokesperson for Bennet`s campaign, Trevor Kinkaid, says: People are growing more and more concerned about Ken Buck`s policies on the whole. Those policies are out of touch with mainstream Colorado. "
And women voters will play a large role in the outcome of the election in Colorado. Statistics are showing a 16 percentage point gender gap in support of Bennet by women, however, men tend to favor Buck by 15 percentage points. As more women see this abortion ad and realize Buck`s stance on abortion (such as his flip-flop on Amendment 62), Bennet will gain ground in the polls.
Recently, at a debate in Pueblo, Colorado in October 7th, Ken Buck softened his position on Social Security, saying he only supports changing the program for younger Americans and raising the retirement age. But Bennet pointed out the overnight waffling by quoting a remark that Buck made on March 9th. The idea that the federal government should be running health care or retirement or any of those programs is fundamentally against what I believe. "
Ken Buck comes right out of the Sharron Angle/Rand Paul mold of Tea Party extremism, where traditional benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare, can be hacked to ribbons with a simple John Hancock signature. But Coloradoans are more moderate in their basic beliefs. Especially, independently-minded women, who fair from Colorado, are threatened by Buck thinking he can tell them what to do with their own bodies.
And now suspicions are raised that funding (6.5 million to Rep. in Co.) for these conservative attack ads is coming from foreign corporations. This will turn-off voters to Ken Buck all the more. Michael Bennet will win the election on November 2nd.
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