After a debate in which the moderator from the Denver Post called Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark UdallSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% “Mark Uterus”, a Fox News Poll with Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Cory GardnerHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard57% in the lead by 6 points, and the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average showing Gardner with a 1.3% lead, the last thing that the Udall campaign wanted to deal with today is the news that Cory Gardner had out-raised the incumbent Democrat in the third quarter.
Gardner raised a total of $4.3 million to Udall’s $4 million. While Chris Harris, Udall’s Communications Manager, told the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels, who happens to be the moderator who called Udall “Mark Uterus”, that Gardner is just making up ground that Udall already covered early in the campaign, the fact that so much money flowed to the surging Gardner, just weeks before ballots are to hit mailboxes, can’t be comforting.
I attended the infamous “Mark Uterus” debate and was disappointed in the way the audience reacted to Rep. Gardner. While Gardner was nice, upbeat, and positive, even when he was attacking Udall’s record, the audience, filled with abortion activists in their mid fifties, couldn’t manage to act like adults. Each time Gardner spoke, audible sighs, guffaws, and even mocking laughter came forth from the left wing activists among the crowd.
The “War On Women” rhetoric, which has failed to shift the polls in Udall’s favor despite a barrage of summer political commercial meant to portray Gardner as an extremist, was in full bloom at the Denver Post debate. But as I have noted before, this sort of rhetoric is really mere projection meant to obscure one’s own extreme stances.
One explicit example of this was Udall’s support for the rather extreme position of allowing late term, even partial birth, abortions. Of course, this position is held by a small fringe of the American public, around 10%. Clearly Udall is a part of the extremist fringe on the issue of abortion, this is why he and his campaign have tried so hard to make the position of Gardner an issue.
Of course, convincing the general public that being able to purchase birth control over the counter with no government involvement is an extreme position is …read more