I, attack ad
It was pretty early in the morning, but as soon as I told Joe Scarborough that Sen. Michael Bennet was one of the senators the White House seemed to regard most warmly, I had a feeling I'd end up in a Colorado attack ad. And, of course, I did.
The Bennet campaign notes that its candidate is one of the most independent of the Senate Democrats, breaking with his party more often than all but a small handful of his colleagues. And that's true. It's also, I think, why Obama rather likes him, and why Coloradans would be wise to return him to the Senate.
Bennet simply isn't a normal politician. Prior to being appointed to the Senate when Ken Salazar left to become secretary of the interior, Bennet was superintendent of the Denver public schools, where his work was notable enough that the New Yorker's Katherine Boo headed to Colorado to profile him. Before that, he served as chief of staff to Denver's popular and successful mayor Michael Hickenlooper and made a small fortune in corporate restructuring.
That's an interesting background for a senator, and it's led to an interesting senator. There are issues, like education, that Bennet simply understands better than his colleagues do. And his background dealing with failing institutions -- both public and private -- led him to recognize that the U.S. Senate was similarly dysfunctional. But rather than just talking about how Washington is broken, Bennet set out to fix it. In a move that's quite rare for a freshman, he proposed a comprehensive slate of reforms.
In other words, Bennet is a technocratic reformer who's around to get things done -- a description that fits many in the administration, too. That, not his loyalty to the party (many in the White House aren't that loyal to the party, either, or wouldn't be if they weren't now the leaders of the party) is what accounts for their affinity for him, and why it'll be a loss for the Senate if he doesn't return in January.
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