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Commentary: Defining candidates downward

Published 07/05/2010, West Central Tribune

For a time earlier this year, I thought Sen. Michael Bennet had to be the biggest jerk in Washington. I had been spending some time in Colorado, daily ingesting Bennet’s campaign commercials in which he presented himself as an anti-Washington provincial. In one commercial, he stood — conventionally suited — before the U.S. Capitol and denounced Washington. The spot then cut to a casually dressed Bennet standing in Washington County, Colo., which has real problems and real people who really know how to solve those real problems if only the other (non-real) Washington would just leave them alone. Click went the remote control. Who is this jerk?

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