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Cory Gardner-Mark Udall race gets ugly early: The Oil Slick vs. The Obamacare Ogre

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An anti-smear smear, targeting Cory Gardner.
With Republicans determined to take back control of the U.S. Senate by unseating a handful of vulnerable Dems and polls showing the race between Senator Mark Udall and challenger Representative Cory Gardner devolving into a dead heat, it's hardly a surprise that interest groups on both sides are pouring money into the campaign like a bunch of drunken sailors on shore leave, hitting the VIP Room at the Ooh-La-La Club. But given the sheer volume of attack ads already erupting across Colorado airwaves -- smears and counter-smears and anti-smear ads that look suspiciously like smears in their own right -- it's going to be a long, long road to November.

Put aside, for the moment, Gardner's dramatic turnabout on the subject of personhood, which Udall has been using to good advantage in his own campaign ads, presenting himself as a reliable champion of women's rights and no shifty-eyed flip-flopper like, uh, that other guy. The more costly battle these days seems to be the relentless effort of conservative funders to hold Udall responsible for all the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, while libs seek to paint Gardner as the sinister stooge of Big Oil.

Call it The Oil Slick vs. The Obamacare Ogre.

Much of the Udall savaging is coming courtesy of Americans for Prosperity, the virulently anti-ACA group that's received some hefty checks from billionaires David and Charles Koch. The group has been hammering away at Udall's support for Obamacare -- even running a photoshopped image of a grim Udall with the President in one ad that it quickly had to pull after families of the Aurora theater shooting victims protested that it had been taken out of context. The larger question, though, is how this particular whine is going to resonate in a state that actually had one of the more successful ACA rollouts, with a slower rate of increase in costs than before the law was implemented, undercutting some of the claims in this broadside:

Groups such as the League of Conservation Voters, which recently announced plans to spend close to $1 million torpedoing Gardner, have struck back with quick hits linking Gardner to the smoke and ooze of his big-energy backers. Like the Obamacare ads, there's a certain slippery truthiness to what's going on here. It's certainly correct to say that Gardner has long been a major recipient of cash from energy sector donors. But the direct connections to the Koch brothers implied in this screed is a bit of a stretch:

But hey, both sides are just warming up. Stay tuned. If you can stomach it.

More from our Politics archive circa February 2012: "Doug Lamborn's oil-shale move: Is he a cheap date for the energy industry?"


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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

More republicans = more obstruction.

mdsaw1
mdsaw1

I have propounded the same assessment of the founding fathers scheme since LBJ was in office.  The only commoner with any input or influence on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was Thomas Paine and the ruling aristocracy prohibited him from signing either document.


Your criticism of my relationship to God is pathetically adolescent by simply labeling me to suit yourself without any knowledge of my perspective on that issue - typical of a mindless minion of the Cult of the Progressive Liberal Democrat.


What do you think the 13th Amendment was really about?  That legislation did not free the slaves but rather enslave the rest of the population to the industrial complex and capitalist cronies.  This came at time when the industrial revolution was nearing its end and the labor unions were beginning to be recognized as a benefit to the working man and a threat to the growing industrial states.  The elite industrialists coveted the captive, low cost labor the agrarian economy of the south enjoyed and under the guise of a humanitarian effort emancipated the slaves.  As a result, many of the freed slaves gravitated to the industrial centers in search of work and unknowingly went into competition with the existing work force for jobs and allowed the manufacturers to depress wages, benefits and working conditions.


This thread began as a criticism of Mark Udall.  Mark Udall is an ineffective Senator who simply kowtows to the dictates of the Party.  Mike Coffman is much the same in the House of Representatives on the Republican side.  Ken Buck is running for Congress and I don't believe he has much to bring to the table to benefit the people of Colorado.  The real problem is the Wall Street to Washington, D.C. cash pipeline that funneled $3.21 Billion dollars of lobbyist money in 2013 into the pockets of our elected representatives; Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Libertarian, etc. to influence legislation that would benefit the Industrial Military Banking Corporate Complex over promoting and protecting the interests of the people.  All politicians want to be on this gravy train and will say anything to get elected.  Look at Andrew Romanoff, for example.  After announcing that he would not accept and PAC money to fund his campaign, Romanoff has accepted nearly $600,000.00 from the federally registered PAC Act Blue. Go to http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/toprecips.php?id=D000021806&cycle=2014.  Andrew Romanoff is just another career politician who cares nothing for truth whose only goal is to achieve the power, prestige and personal fortune awaiting him as a member of the ruling aristocracy in Washington D.C.  Liars do not deserve our vote regardless of what their policies may be.

mdsaw1
mdsaw1

DonkeyHotay- The founders of this country determined that our rights, yours, too, were God given rights and not to be infringed upon by government or any other entity.  What is important is not what you say but that you have the right to say it regardless of the content or opinion presented.   

The Cult of the Progressive Liberal Democrat spews demagoguery about what should be.The problem is that they refuse to accept, or even recognize, the way things are now that affect peoples’ lives.In their confusion, when “the boots are on the ground,” they have no idea of how to move from the status quo to get to the way things could be to improve all peoples’ lives.Then, typical of all minions of the Progressive Liberal Democrat Cult, when their proselytizing is challenged with facts they resort to outrage, name calling, threats, accusations of unfairnessand charges of racism simply because someone won’t accept the liberal fantasy as reality and they have no facts of their own with which to counter the challenge.   This is typified in all the responses logged in your profile.  Stop listening to people who want to enslave you to the government to enrich themselves and learn to think for yourself.


mdsaw1
mdsaw1

It would be in the best interest of the people of Colorado if Udall simply relinquished his position as Senator pretending to represent Colorado. His voting record speaks for itself; he votes as directed by the Democrat party leaders nearly 98% of the time regardless of the impact to the people of Colorado. Udall is simply a puppet of the corporate gangsters trying to enslave the American people to government and restrict our God given rights.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If Colorado voters are stupid enough to elect Rethuglycans into control, the stupid stoners can kiss their Cannabis Circus goodbye.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

This one is easy:  NEVER VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN.  Remember what happened last time they were in power?

The Koch brothers ARE spending LOTS of money on elections.  Remember, corporations are people and money is speech.  These dirty trust funders have so much money they can drown out the speech of good Americans.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mdsaw1  


HipTip: learn how to use the REPLY button, so the responses are sequentially threaded into the discussion flow.


hth.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@mdsaw1 How does one "determine" that rights were God given?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mdsaw1  ... The Founders of the U$A were rich, white SLAVE OWNERS who bought, sold, abused and raped their Negro slaves, denying them, along with women and "Indians" the very "rights" they claimed for themselves.


The Founders of the U$A were decidedly Atheists, or Deists at best, rejecting the fairy tale old-bearded-white-man-in-the-sky-daddy "god" you pathetically appeal to.


The selfish bigoted hateful greed of the Repuglykan - Teatard party has been soundly rejected by modern civilized society, forever kicked to the gutter where it belongs.


You are and shall forever remain the vile repugnant minority of ignorance and hate.


Bon voyage!


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@mdsaw1 It would be best for Colorado and the rest of America if conservatives would go to the conservative paradise of Iran or the libertarian paradise of Somalia.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mdsaw1  ... if "god" actually granted you any "rights", then you would still have them and would never lose them ... unless your "god" is just another delusional fantasy of yours, you bible-thumpin' teatard.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  


In donkey's world, if you're not a communist, you are a right wing fanatic.


Right stinky?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  


Really, are you that fucking stupid or do you just pretend to draw attention to yourself?


Seriously, any 300 pound, butt ugly, drooling bull-dyke is going to draw attention.  No need to open your gaping maw.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @mdsaw1  Hey stupid, if conservatives left the USA, it would rot in a very short period of time.  However, if liberals left the country, it would begin to thrive again.


BONUS--- if liberals left we would not have to hear their incessant whining.

mdsaw1
mdsaw1

@muhutdafuga @mdsaw1

What a well stated, well thought out comment! I have a 12 year old granddaughter with more intellectual acuity than you have demonstrated in your comment. You have exposed yourself as nothing more than a mindless minion of the Cult of the Progressive Liberal Democrat spewing the same tired old demagoguery. Because the radical Leftist Cult of the Liberal Progressive Democrat operates without moral conviction, without any logical fact based arguments then their typical modus operandi are coercion, force, intimidation, intolerance, and anger to achieve their ends. In the absence of facts or logic any challenge to their claims is met with personal attacks and character assassination by hurling accusation of racism, corporate greed and lack of compassion for the human race. These are the tools that radical progressive socialists must use in order to enact their agenda because taken as it is, it is most often rejected. The reality is that you are all just a basket of bickering bullies incapable of fact based critical thinking. I suggest you clean the lint out of your navel so you can get a better view of the world.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotayNo, if you are a radical right wing freak, you are a radical right wing freak.  Just like you, fishingforyounghairlessboys.  

Now let's get back on topic, my silly little man:

When it comes to health and environmental protections, House Republicans seem content to remain the "Party of No."

In just the first week of the 112th Congress, they have rolled out bills and a resolution to block or dismantle standards to reduce harmful air pollution.

Even setting aside carbon dioxide pollution that some members believe (erroneously) to be unharmful, the regulatory assaults by House Republicans are targeting pollutants that just about everyone agrees are a problem – mercury, lead, arsenic, smog, sulfur dioxide, soot pollution [pdf].

And to make matters worse, these members have offered not so much as a hint about what they support as alternative solutions. The alternative just seems to be continued exposure to known hazardous pollutants.

Prominent Republican figures from Karl Rove to Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) have cautioned Republican politicians against being the Party of No.

So where is the Republican Party of Yes that the country needs when public health, safety and environmental protections are concerned?

What are the conservative solutions to all of our pollution problems?

None are being offered so far; instead some conservative Republicans in both chambers cling insistently to the Party of No title.

Congressional conservatives wasted no time during their first few days in power in the 112th Congress seeking to eradicate EPA's ability to use existing legal solutions to many of these problems.

But they are not content to stop there. From Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) in the Senate to Don Young (R-AK) in the House, conservatives have vowed to dismantle not just EPA’s responsibilities but all agencies’ legal obligations with sweeping and reckless legislation to block virtually all health, safety and environmental protections. (I will address these radical regulatory "reform" bills in a future post, but for now Professor Sidney Shapiro at Wake Forest University School of Law compellingly critiques one of the representative radical bills here [pdf] and here.)

The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), and the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), have joined forces to condemn EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's plans to provide the American people with stronger protections against smog pollution. Administrator Jackson proposed [pdf] clean air standards that will be consistent with the unanimous recommendations of EPA's outside science advisors -- advisors serving during the Bush administration, no less.

These two conservative politicians do not challenge the science supporting the need for more protective clean air standards; indeed they ignore the science -- and the law -- altogether. (Worse, they actively defy the law by making the primary thrust of their attack the consideration of economic impacts when setting health-based clean air standards, something that a unanimous Supreme Court has ruled squarely illegal in a decision authored by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.)

What Representative Upton and Senator Inhofe do know is No; their missive to Administrator Jackson makes clear that no strengthening of the smog pollution standards is the only outcome that will satisfy their political wishes.

None of these various attacks and threats by Congressional conservatives have been accompanied by alternative solutions to our serious health, safety and environmental problems -- apart from the alternative of letting the problems go unaddressed, fester, continue to hurt people and leave polluters unaccountable.

What bills or other solutions have Congressional conservatives sponsored or backed -- with a meaningful commitment -- to address these health, safety and environmental problems?

We know that some conservative politicians deny the reality of climate disruption and repudiate any responsibility to avert catastrophe. (That is not universally true, thankfully, with some conservatives expressing understanding, concern and commitment.)

But do these Keep-Saying-No conservative politicians really deny the reality of cancer-causing air pollution and water pollution? The brain poisons mercury and lead? Choking smog pollution? Deadly soot pollution?

Do conservative politicians really disclaim responsibility to reduce these pollutants to safe levels for children, the elderly, all Americans?

Do members of Congress seriously know better than doctors and nurses and scientists that these pollutants are in fact not problems? That we're better off doing nothing, always saying No?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @mdsaw1@muhutdafuga Just admit it, a post with facts is WAY too long for a radical right wing nut with the attention span of a gnat.
  Besides, facts aren't for radical right wing cultists, because FACTS, LIKE GOOD AMERICANS, ARE LIBERAL

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mdsaw1 @muhutdafuga @fishingblues  


Only the mutt would be stupid enough to write a massively garrulous post and foolishly believe anyone would care enough to read it.


Jazus!  You sure are stupid!  

mdsaw1
mdsaw1

@muhutdafuga @fishingblues@mdsaw1 7 of the 8 most prosperous individual states, with significant budget surpluses and low unemployment are led by Republican Governors exercising conservative policies with a common sense fiduciary responsibility to improve the lives of their states citizens?These states have the lowest unemployment, the lowest level of homelessness, lowest level of welfare and food stamp recipients, better performing schools and the smallest government bureaucracies; all evidence that fiscal restraint works. Social programs are not eliminated but the number of people in need of using them is significantly reduced. The budget surplus of the one state on the list led by a Democrat, West Virginia, will expend its budget surplus on cleaning up the toxic chemical spill caused by the now bankrupt Freedom Industries. Vote for candidates representing fiscally responsible policies.

mdsaw1
mdsaw1

@muhutdafuga @fishingblues@mdsaw1 muhutdafuga your really are mentally deficient.  I suspect you are another cowardly muslim scumbag who thinks that just because you say something everyone should accept it as law.  what kind of moron would follow a false prophet like muhammed?  he was nothing more than a delusional lunatic imagining he heard magical voices in his head and created the fantasy of some cartoon character he called allah.  This behavior was probably the result of being repeatedly sodomized by the local goatherders.  I wonder if the rewards in heaven awaiting the coward suicide bombers are so great then why aren't the imams and ayatollahs at the head of the line?  It is because they know it is all a lie.  The 72 virgins are hamsters and the rivers are open sewers.  you are such a stupid person you have enslaved yourself to the ranting of psychotic child molester.  Everything you criticize conservatives and Republicans for are really traits of the cesspool of islam.  You are a stupid little coward with no capacity for critical thinking.  You have not presented a single fact in any of your comments; just ravings of a lunatic pervert. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga@mdsaw1You continue to either be a liar or an idiot...that makes you a conservative.  Our nation was founded by Liberals.  Our nation was built by Liberals.  Liberals defeated the conservatives from Germany in the 1940s.  Liberals stopped the first great republican depression.  Liberals stopped the second great republican depression.

Conservatives brought us bush's 2 wars, they gave us tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting services for the poor.  They gave us treason in the form of reagan making a deal to delay the release of American hostages.  

Conservatives gave us Osama bush-Laden, Liberals took him away. 

As for whining, no one whines like a fascist.  They whine about the bad economy they butchered, while whining and obstructing efforts of good Americans to undo conservative damage to the economy.  They whine endlessly about Obamacare.  They whine about Benghazi.  Over and over and over they whine....they whine as bad as fishingforyounghairlessboys!

Hairless, it's cute when you lie, it shows you have nothing to say.

Q:  How do you shut up a yappy little conservative?

A:  Ask them for an example of where libertarianism has worked.  Just ONE.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@mdsaw1 @muhutdafugaCult?  You don't even know what a cult is, otherwise you would recognize the cultservative movement is a cult of lies, war, abuse of power, money, bigger money, then there are the cult daddies like limpballs and the Koch brothers (no, not the coke brothers, the bush family brought us the cocaine brothers!), and even more lies.  Megadittos, cultist!

Anyone else notice how the silly little cultists mindlessly repeat their radical right wing cult talking points?  It's cute when they start chanting their cult talking points, then they start swaying back and forth, their eyes glaze over....some start talking in tongues!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mdsaw1 @muhutdafuga  


The mutt is bitter because she "got ugly early" and then she got fat  and then no male would have her so she turned bull-dyke.  

She got ugly early and progressively has gotten uglier ever since, as evidenced by her every post on this forum. 

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