The latest Survey USA poll puts Bush at his lowest approval level ever in Colorado, only 39%, with 58% disapproving. The regional breakdowns are, as usual, the most interesting. Metro Denver is 37% favorable/61% unfavorable. "Rest of Colorado" is not much different -- 38% favorable, 59% unfavorable. As usual, the Colorado Springs area props up Bush's numbers: 48% favorable, 49% unfavorable. But it is amazing to see "unfavorable" ahead, even by a point, in the Springs. If Bush's unfavorables top 50% in the Springs, that could be a true tipping point.
So is Bob Beauprez still planning to run for governor on his close ties to Bush? (Or will he try to have it both ways?)
Friday, February 17, 2006 at 04:25 PM in Colorado and the West | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Madden Endorses Ritter
I'm disappointed that Alice Madden has decided not to challenge Bill Ritter in a primary for the Democratic nomination for governor. (With apologies to Gary Lindstrom, this effectively seals the nomination for Ritter.) Not because I think Ritter would be a bad governor -- I'm not going to hesitate to support him in the general election -- but because I think this is one of those situations where a contested party would have been a positive.
There has been a little bit of quibbling that Ritter isn't charismatic enough -- as if Bill Owens hadn't already proved that lack of charisma doesn't matter. But let's face it, there is only one reason anyone considered mounting a challenge to Ritter at this stage, and that is his position on the abortion issue. A primary that focused on abortion would be a good thing for whichever Democrat won, in my opinion, because the ongoing debate would only highlight that the two Republican candidates are both locked in to the extreme right wing position required by Colorado Springs religious conservatives. And yes, I would have liked the opportunity to support a candidate who doesn't think it is OK to force his own religious dictates on non-believers. I may very well vote for Lindstrom in the primary just to send a message.