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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Letdown of the Colorado Primary

Too bad. Pete Coors, or "the beer selling bigot" as I like to refer to him as, has beaten Bob Schaffer, a far right conservative fomer congressman, with about 60% of the vote. Results here. On the Democratic side, Attorney General and establishment pick Ken Salazar prevailed easily over first time candidate, former Marine and progressive activist favorite Mike Miles. Miles is a great guy, a great candidate and I hope to see him run for something again very soon. We need people like him in government. The bad news of the night, of course, is Coors winning. Coors, in some crazy mixed-up world that I don't understand, is actually considered the moderate in the race. Yep, Coors -- that gay bashing, beer seller -- is considered the moderate. Guess that says a lot about Schaffer. Bottom line: Schaffer vs. Salazar would have been a cakewalk. Coors vs. Salazar is another story. Salazar is still the favorite, but it will be a very tough race.

More primary news . . . In Georgia, Democratic voters picked Denise Majette, an African-American congresswoman, as their nominee. She easily topped businessman Cliff Oxford in the runoff. Majette still faces, to put it nicely, an uphill battle against Congressman Johnny Isakson to reclaim Zell the Traitor's seat back for the Democrats. But it is possible.

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