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Michael Bennet, Dark and Alarmist

Appointed Senator Michael Bennet has a way of looking down and away from reporters and voters.   He acts as if he is ashamed or hiding something.   Perhaps we now know why.   The Denver Post Editorial for Saturday, September 11, 2010 is titled “Bennet’s attack on Buck unfair.”   That should get our attention regardless of where we stand on the political landscape.

Let us look at this in detail.   The editorial opens with the Post noting they are surprised at Bennet’s DECEPTIVE TACTICS against Ken Buck.   Bennet faced some of this in his Democrat primary and the paper is concerned that he would employ the same against his opponent now.   But he is.

On Social Security most all (other than perhaps Michael Bennet) realize the program faces major problems.   Ken Buck is willing to address them.   Bennet seems intent only on distorting Buck’s views.   In response the Denver Post says, “Voters. . .be better served if Bennet would debate the structural problems of the program and possible solutions rather than simplifying his opponents intentions and trying to FOSTER FEAR.” (emphasis mine)

Concerning education, Ken Buck says that decisions are best made close to home by parents and local school boards rather than from Washington, D.C.   He goes on to note that the one size fits all approach has been a disaster for years.   Way back in 1964 I recall Ronald Reagan (who was making an early foray into politics by supporting Barry Goldwater) drawing this same conclusion:   The Lyndon Johnson one size fits all approach to education will be a disaster.    And surely it is.  

Bennet draws from that an ad where he says, “Ken Buck wants to end student loans to middle-class kids.”    The Post rightly points out that, “This is a complete falsehood.”    Here the Post is fair and balanced.    They supported President Obama’s plan for the Feds to take over the student loan program.    But they also note that those (like Ken Buck) who feel the federal government should not be running the student aid program are not calling for the end of student loans for the middle class.   Then the Post adds:   “And Bennet understands that too.”   Wow!    We all know that in campaigns the contestants seek to place themselves in best light and their opponent in worst.   But this is different.   This is pure snake oil, deception being sold by Bennet and the Post knows it and is exposing it.

The closing paragraph of the Denver Post editorial is devastating to our appointed junior senator.   I quote it in full

        The pervasive tone of Bennet’s ad is dark and alarmist, with a message that is fundamentally unfair.    If Bennet 
         intends to have a fair and vigorous discussion on the issues that matter to Coloradans, he’s off to a poor start.

Friends, this is the Denver Post.   Not a Republican missive.   And I think it is no accident that in mentioning Bennet two times in two sentences in closing they do not refer to him as Mr. or Senator–just Bennet.  The Post is disgusted.   I am grateful for a newspaper that still has a sense of fairness and what is good and proper debate and who knows that Bennet is engaging in neither.

Michael Bennet looks down and away.   If he is not ashamed, he should be.    Ken Buck looks one straight on and his gaze is to the future.    If you are undecided on how to vote, take a good look at the September 11, 2010 Denver Post editorial.   I think you will know which lever to pull on November 2.