Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Dan Maes tops 10 percent, which means he's not the Biggest Loser in CO elections... but close

Tom Tancredo was about to concede the gubernatorial race, but many more Colorado contests were up in the air when I walked into the ballroom of the downtown Marriott, site of the Colorado Democratic Party's election party. And what was on the TVs? Not CNN, not local newscasts shunted off to alternative channels, but The Biggest Loser.

Which makes whoever was in charge of the TV remote at that event a contender for the biggest loser in this election. But he/she is not alone. Other big losers of this campaign season:

1) Anyone who turned on TV over the past month and had to watch all the negative Bennet/Buck ads -- which weren't enough to win a decisive victory for either candidate.

2) The Colorado Secretary of State's election divisions page, which seemed like a go-to option for election results when the big screens were showing The Biggest Loser. But even this morning, the most recent election news posted is dated October 27. When Scott Gessler moves into Bernie Buescher's office, he might want to take a look at this.

3) The movers and shakers in the Colorado Republican Party, for the old-school, back-room gubernatorial nomination process that had them all coming together last November in the "Platform for Prosperity" -- until the bottom fell out, and it became a Platform for Pomposity.

4) Scott McInnis, horrible Republican gubernatorial candidate number one, who supported that Platform for Pomposity with his inability to recognize that $300,000 for musings on water that looked like a lot of money to cash-strapped Coloradans -- but none of them would throw 82-year-old colleague Rolly Fischer under a bus to get it.

5) Dan Maes, horrible Republican candidate number two. But the party, which gave him nothing, does owe Maes a big thank you for apparently getting just over 10 percent of the vote -- which means, against all odds, the Colorado Republican Party remains a major party.

Even if it acted like the biggest loser.

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