As noted in a recent Messagecolumn
, Marc Holtzman's June 22 decision to withdraw from Colorado's gubernatorial race fell so far down the top-story roster on most Denver-area newscasts that many viewers probably missed it. Yet the nickname he coined for Republican nominee Bob Beauprez -- "Both Ways Bob" -- lives on.
On August 14, jokey anti-Beauprez spots featuring the phrase began airing amid morning news shows. In addition, ProgressNow Action, a liberal organization that's devoting considerable resources to defeating Beauprez, has launched bothwaysbob.org, a website that includes snarky videos and an offer for "Both Ways Bob Flip-Flops"; folks will receive a pair for each $10 donation to ProgressNow Action.
Of course, Holtzman is now officially supporting Beauprez. But for a flavor of what his campaign was like before he changed his tune, check out Alan Prendergast's May
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of the highly combative Rick Moranis lookalike. By doing so, you can have it both ways.-- Michael Roberts