Though national polls have stabilized recently, Democrats are still wondering what drove Barack Obama to flounder at the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado. As the surrogate tasked with portraying Mitt Romney during the Obama's prep sessions, perhaps John Kerry has special insight into what went wrong for the president…
Asked whether it surprised him that Obama gave such a lackluster performance in his first debate with Romney, Kerry said, "He knows he had a bad night. He just had a bad night… I personally really do believe that the altitude may have had something to do with it."
With that, Kerry became the second prominent Democrat, after Al Gore, to subscribe to the thin-air theory. And though neither of them are doctors, I think we should trust Gore and Kerry to diagnose altitude sickness.
After all, fatigue, listlessness and drowsiness are all symptoms Kerry and Gore have seen over and over again, in people who have been exposed to them for any length of time.
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Tags: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Colorado, Health, John Kerry
We most know how Charles and David Koch spend their time: playing the part of stereotypical Hollywood villains with massive donations to plutocratic political causes in between writing aggrieved op-eds complaining about the lack of deference some Americans exhibit in the face of their economic betters.
But what has Bill Koch, the Daniel Baldwin of the Koch brothers, been up to?
There's a new town in Colorado. It has about 50 buildings, including a saloon, a church, a jail, a firehouse, a livery and a train station. Soon, it will have a mansion on a hill so the town's founder can look down on his creation. But don't expect to move here — or even to visit.
Tags: Bill Koch, Charles Koch, Colorado, David Koch
Who is Art Goodtimes? Some might call the incumbent candidate for San Miguel County Commissioner a father, some might call him a brother, and some might call him "a dream-spinner whose heart is made of Earth, fire, stone, water. … [An] artist, author, poet-performer, bioregionalist, paleohippie… fungiphile, and basket weaver."
Some might call him that. He definitely does.
What can I say, I'm a sucker for folks who are up-front with their surnames. With Art Goodtimes, you know what you're going to get. Isn't this how people used to be? Think of all the Smiths and Masons and Fletchers and Whippingboys. Your name should tell us who you are. It helps prevent us from accidentally striking up a conversation with Stan YouTubevideorecommender at parties.
Goodtimes is a member of the Green Party, which maybe isn't necessary to say. A name like Art Goodtimes isn't going to end up on a Republican ticket unless he's shortened his name from Archibold Goodtimesington III.
But don't write off Goodtimes as just another Earth/fire/stone/water-hearted politician/paleohippie (and lord knows there are plentyof those). Although Goodtimes is a poet-in-residence and an heirloom potato farmer who represents a county with rich hippies and escorts the king and queen of the Telluride Mushroom Festival in the back of his polka-dotted truck, he also represents a conservative mining community, and he keeps winning, year after year. He led San Miguel County into an environmental lawsuit against the Department of Energy, proving he can be Art Savvytimes. And after the economic downturn, he also made the tough decision to cut spending and freeze merit pay and cost-of-living increases–hello, Art Toughtimes.
Now, Goodtimes has challengers for his seat. Two candidates are running to oust him from the San Miguel County commission, even though they know he's not Art Easytobeattimes: as one of his opponents told the Telluride Daily Planet, "There's no doubt about it that Art Goodtimes is a formidable opponent."
Indeed. Will the people of San Miguel County find their county commission Goodtimesless this November? Or will this basket-weaving dreamer continue his gentle, gentle reign?
Only votingtimes will tell.
Photo by Rob Huber Photography
Previously: Linda Thomas, "Insanely sane candidate"
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Tags: Colorado, Green Party, One of a Kind Candidates
Four years ago, a young good-looking charismatic junior senator from Illinois popped up on the national radar, and it was pretty tough to avoid getting pulled in by his tractor beam of coolness. Consequently, lots of voters ended up identifying with Barack Obama and his Democratic Party establishment. He was a rock star. He was an outsider. He was a rebel. Or so it seemed.
Now, four years later, he's looking a lot more dad-like. He's getting pretty gray. His hipster-nerd jokes seem less hip and more nerdy. He plays with a lightsaber. He wears mom jeans. Mom jeans!
I think that might go a long way toward explaining why so many voters in swing states are looking to reestablish their indy cred…
The collective total of independents grew by about 443,000 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina since the 2008 election, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state election officials.
During the same time, Democrats saw a net decline of about 480,000 in those six states, while Republicans — boosted in part by a competitive primary earlier this year — added roughly 38,000 voters in them, the analysis shows.
If I were David Plouffe or David Axelrod — any David on the Obama campaign staff, really — I'd be looking to get Obama cast in a Tarantino movie or something.
Or he might want to consider going full-frontal in an upcoming press conference. That could also work.
Tags: Barack Obama, Colorado, Democrats, Florida, Independent, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina
With the general election just a few short months away, it's critical for Mitt Romney to reach out to the important swing states, focus on talking to the people who live there and allow the voters there to get to know him.
Unfortunately, that carries with it certain dangers. Such as the danger that the voters there might get to know him…
Among the voters in our poll living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Obama's lead over Romney increases to 50%-42%.
Also in these swing states, Romney's favorability numbers have dropped: A month ago, Romney's fav/unfav score stood at 34%/38% nationally and 36%-36% in these 12 swing states. But in this latest survey, his national fav/unfav score is 33%-39% (that 39% unfav is tied with his all-time high) and 30%-41% in the swing states.
It's probably for the best to keep him away from swing staters for a little while longer. Like maybe just four or five months. After that, definitely get him out there.
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Tags: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Polls, Virginia, Wisconsin