Sweeping defeat in the 2008 elections hasn't made Colorado Republican Party boss Dick Wadhams any less feisty. On behalf of the state GOP, Wadhams purchased enormous advertisements in both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post featuring the banner headline "COLORADO REPUBLICANS WELCOME BACK PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA..."
Predictably, the ad's not much of a welcome -- more like a series of shots across the bow, including a couple aimed at new Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. But it proves that conservatives in this state aren't going away quietly -- and that the party's coffers, which were close to empty last November, are filling up again nicely.
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COLORADO REPUBLICANS WELCOME BACK PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA...
In his Democratic Presidential nomination acceptance speech in Denver last August Barack Obama promised: "...the change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington."
The $787 billion so-called "emergency" stimulus bill you are signing in Denver today flies in the face of that promise. This pork-laden spending bill comes directly from Washington, and it is not the change we need.
When Colorado's newly appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has had a chance to actually read the 1,071-page spending bill he voted for, he'll see why so many Coloradans are concerned.
The Rocky Mountain News says the bill "marks an extraordinary intervention of government into people's lives." (Rocky Mountain News, Friday, February 13, 2009)
And when Senator Bennet finally reads the bill he will stumble across tens-of-billions in old-fashioned political pork spending projects, like $30 million for a mouse habitat in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco.
Long-time Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen said it best the other day:
"My bartender daughter Columbine told me last week that she had come up with a joke. She posted a sign that read: 'Try our new drink, the Bailout. You don't know what's in it, and it's very expensive.
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"She figured it would be good for a few chuckles, and it was. But to her surprise, some people wanted to order a Bailout. Now she's trying to figure out the price and ingredients -- sort of like Congress." -- The Denver Post, Sunday, February 8, 2009
JUST A REMINDER, MR. PRESIDENT -- "...THE CHANGE WE NEED DOESN'T COME FROM WASHINGTON."
Paid for by Colorado Republicans, Dick Wadhams, Chairman -- www.cologop.org