a few weeks ago, Colorado's U.S. Senate race is shaping up to be an epic mudwallow, with GOP hopeful Jane Norton painting incumbent Michael Bennet as the spend-crazy flunky of a soft-on-terror President and the Democrats firing back with videos that present Norton as a loony teabagger.
Now there's a new wrinkle. At the same time Norton is running ads blasting the big spenders in Washington ("time to cut up the credit cards!"), she's being attacked as a big-time spender by an ultraconservative group that finds her Tea Party credentials highly suspect.
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The video above comes courtesy of the Declaration Alliance, which has targeted Norton (along with Florida governor Charlie Crist and California's Arnold Schwarzenegger) as a "tax hiker" and yes, "big spender." Norton and the Gubernator don't share much ground politically, of course, besides the ire of this particular anti-tax group, which apparently added Norton to its list of GOP turncoats because of her support for Referendum C ("the largest tax increase in Colorado's history") and her sordid history as (gasp) a state bureaucrat with a big budget at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Declaration Alliance is now airing attack ads against Norton with surprising prodigality, linking her to "her liberal tax-and-spend buddies in Washington" -- the same buddies she's scolding in her ads.
Kind of makes you wonder: Is Norton a fake conservative, as this liberty-loving bunch makes her sound, or is the Declaration Alliance a "Manchurian candidate" version of the attack dog, secretly working for the Obama administration?