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And the winner is...

....Colorado's 4th district!!!!

In what amounted to a two-horse field in the Fix's "choose your own House race" contest, Colorado's 4th took 42 percent to 34 percent for Virginia's 5th. None of the other races managed double digits.

Colorado's 4th, which takes in the city of Fort Collins and much of the eastern part of the state, tilts toward Republicans as Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) won it with 50 percent in 2008.

Rep. Betsy Markey -- one of eight House Democrats who switched from a "no" vote on health care in November 2009 to a "yes" vote last Sunday -- has held the seat since 2008 but is a major Republican target this fall. State Rep. Cory Gardner is the odds-on favorite for the GOP nod.

We'll talk to both candidates about the impact of the health care debate and their feelings on the race more broadly in the coming days and report back.

If your favorite race didn't win this time, never fear! We will be doing these "choose your own" contests once a week or so between now and November.

And, if you missed our first installment of the "choose your own House race" series -- Arizona's 8th district -- you can check it out here.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 24, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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Back on topic, Cory Gardner is not the only Republican vying for this seat (Gov. Palin has this District on her top 20 list):

Colorado's 4th District (Cook PVI R+6):

Tom Lucero
Bob Schaffer (maybe)
Mark Hillman (maybe not)
Greg Brophy (maybe)
Marilyn Musgrave (maybe)
Diggs Brown
Bill Jerke (maybe)
Steve Johnson (maybe)
Dean Madere

See also:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/morning-fix/20100324-sarah-palin-midterms.html

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

drindl


I take issue with your entire statement there.


The Washington Post should investigate how many of the bloggers here are paid for by OFA or the DNA - this is an organized, paid operation.

No one is "destroying" the blog - unless your definition of "destroy" is allow more than the Obama party line -

the only thing that will make you happy is if every post was pro-Obama.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

drindl


I take issue with your entire statement there.


The Washington Post should investigate how many of the bloggers here are paid for by OFA or the DNA - this is an organized, paid operation.

No one is "destroying" the blog - unless your definition of "destroy" is allow more than the Obama party line -

the only thing that will make you happy is if every post was pro-Obama.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

I do not have a personal beef with 37. Who is, by admission:

"We are all volunteers - "

not one person, but rather a group who is here only to disrupt this blog and to block others from commenting.

As you can see, these people are trying to stir up racist hatred, and I respectfully ask that you, and the Washington Post management put a stop to it.

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Finally -- Chris is starting to see how "37thand0street" is destroying this blog!

I know that I'm not the only one who cannot wait until she/he/it is banned for good!

Posted by: ovechkin | March 25, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

We have had several "racial" incidents over the past few years - which in fact turned out to be manufacturers incidents in order to rally support for a particular cause.

I believe there was a set of "nooses" found somewhere - which were placed by activists.

In a famous case, a jewish student was placing Nazi symbols around George Washington University.

We have very little information about what has actually happened here.

HOWEVER, THE OBAMA PEOPLE HAVE MANUFACTURED RACIAL CONTROVERSIES IN THE PAST - making a big deal out of comments which really were not racial.


The comments in South Carolina with Bill Clinton - and the situation with Gerry Ferraro - are two cases.

Then we have Obama's statement himself in 2008 that "they haven't said anything yet, but they will" say something racist.

Even if something comes from a crowd - we do not know if those people were placed IN the crowd - in order to do yell things and make racial remarks that the crowd is not.


These incidents need to be investigated -

All I'm saying is that Obama's hands ARE NOT CLEAN IN PAST INCIDENTS -

I would like to know what is going on here -


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Thank you very much for calling out 37. As someone who finds it maddening to scroll through his endless reposts, your intervention is much appreciated (if a tad overdue).

Posted by: Bondosan | March 24, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Chris:


Alright, I will behave.


However, in my defense, I have to say that my side is outnumbered here.


In addition, we have a situation in which one side is very well funded - paying people to post in shifts and post their talking points.


We are all volunteers -


So we have to employ tactics to fight a much large and better funded foe.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

You don't cut a gas line to a house unless you intend to incinerate it. This is what we are dealing with. The FBI held a special briefing today with Democrats to inform them about new security procedures in the face of an increased threat profile to their lives, and families.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

joe,

I also think the teabagger who cut the gas line to what he thought was VA rep Tom Pireiollo's home, which was posted by another teabagger on his website, but turned out to be Tom's brother, with his wife and 4 kids under 8 in the house, was a turning point. At least I hope so.

That was a tragedy averted; this murderous rhetoric has to stop.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

bwj,
I agree.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 24, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

d:

This is all consistent with Frum's analysis. Now that HCR is in place and media is finally reporting the benefits of the bill instead of reciting the RNC/Tea Bag (it's a commie plot) talking points, this "repeal" rhetoric will be an albatross the Dems can use for countless commercials. I really believe the tea bag hate rally was a major turning point for the bill and the country.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 24, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza
is a gentleman.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 24, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

And we start to backtrack, and fissures emerge:

"Yesterday, ThinkProgress highlighted a divide among Republicans about whether try to repeal part of the health care reform legislation or “the whole thing.” Hard right conservatives like Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-TN), Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) who say they’re “going to repeal the whole thing” and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) who told CNN he “does not want” to repeal everything in the bill.

In an interview with Huffington Post’s Sam Stein yesterday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, appeared to side with Gingrey in favor of only seeking partial repeal:

In a brief chat with the Huffington Post on Tuesday, National Republican Senatorial Committee chair John Cornyn (R-Tex.) implicitly acknowledged that Republicans are content with allowing some elements of Obama’s reform into law. And they’d generally ignore those elements when taking the fight to their Democrat opponents as November approaches.

“There is non-controversial stuff here like the preexisting conditions exclusion and those sorts of things,” the Texas Republican said. “Now we are not interested in repealing that. And that is frankly a distraction."

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

37th,

Can we limit it to one post saying the same thing for each thread? And what with all the ALL CAPS and the too-much spacing?

I don't want to ban anyone else but I also don't want one person posting essentially the same thing 5+ times in a single thread.

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | March 24, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

A CALL FOR THE RESIGNATION OF REP CLYBURN OF SOUTH CAROLINA


Rep. Clyburn went on CNN tonight and stated that he believed that the protests on Capitol Hill this weekend "were not about health care, but about RACE."


This is a COMPLETE DISGRACE TO THE COUNTRY.


For Rep. Clyburn - to basically disregard any legitimate opposition to the health care bill - and instead INSIST THAT EVERYONE AGAINST THE HEALTH CARE BILL ARE RACISTS.


This is a disgrace to our country - a disgrace to our American system of government.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Cosign DDAWD. The last focus was sensational. My anticipation is only slightly leavened by the fact that I was hoping it was Virginia's 5th.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Poor loony tunes drivel. Making nice with the dumb stooge. Awwwwww.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

yep, it's just the same as the stimulus, dawd, it it's popular they will glom onto it.

and it will be popular.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Dribbl having the obvious pointed out by the host.

About time.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 24, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/03/chuck-grassley-touts-provision.html

Chuck Grassley touts provisions he authored in health bill he voted against


Hehehehehehe. No Republican input? Gonna destroy the country? Death panels?

As I was saying all along, the only reason Republicans fought tooth and nail to block this bill is because they knew people would like it.

Who knew that this is what they meant when they said that November would be about health care?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 24, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Zouk telling 37 to post something intelligent -- priceless.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

37th. Give it a rest. Stop carpet bombing. Post something intelligent one time only. Don't be such a drindl.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 24, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Clyburn of South Carolina JUST DID IT AGAIN - HE CALLED THE PROTESTORS RACISTS on CNN.


He said the protests at the Capitol where not about health care, but about race.


THIS STATEMENT IS A DISGRACE. OBAMA WAS ELECTED BECAUSE HE WAS PROMISING A POST-RACIAL ATTITUDE. THIS IS NOT POST-RACIAL.


The democrats are PRACTICING HATE SPEECH.


WHAT REP. CLYBURN JUST SAID ON CNN WAS HATE SPEECH - AND HATE SPEECH WITH NO BASIS IN FACT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Clyburn of South Carolina JUST DID IT AGAIN - HE CALLED THE PROTESTORS RACISTS on CNN.


He said the protests at the Capitol where not about health care, but about race.


THIS STATEMENT IS A DISGRACE. OBAMA WAS ELECTED BECAUSE HE WAS PROMISING A POST-RACIAL ATTITUDE. THIS IS NOT POST-RACIAL.


The democrats are PRACTICING HATE SPEECH.


WHAT REP. CLYBURN JUST SAID ON CNN WAS HATE SPEECH - AND HATE SPEECH WITH NO BASIS IN FACT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

dribbl has that interaction with everyone. has for years. your blog would improve immensely without her. Of course your daily hit count would fall by about half, but nothing on topic or intelligent would be found missing.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 24, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'm looking forward to the piece. I liked your last one.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 24, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you need to ban 37th. He is flooding every single post with the same message over and over again. Why ask people to stop? They NEVER listen. Just get rid of obvious troublemakers.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 24, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Drindl posted a link. 37th engaged in name calling. I fail to see equivalence.

Posted by: JakeD3 | March 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Drindl/37th and O,

Can you guys take your personal feuds somewhere else?

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | March 24, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse


WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS AN ORGANIZED ATTEMPT TO SMEAR AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE BASED ON THE ALLEGED, AND UNPROVEN, ACTIONS OF A FEW.


This is what Obama is all about.


Obama : it is not about the color of your skin, it is about the content of your character - which you are sorely lacking.

If you get elected on promises of Bipartisanship, which is difficult, you should make all sorts of efforts to DELIVER WHAT YOU HAVE PROMISED.

You don't give some lame excuse, blame the other side, and see a green light for A FAR-LEFT WING AGENDA.


That is Obama's problem - and that is why people are angry.


The democrats instead of recognizing reality, prefer to engage in sexual slurs and HATE SPEECH.

THE DEMOCRATS PRACTICE HATE SPEECH AGAINST THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

DRINld


there are no racial slurs on that tape


you are a LIAR.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S77BiQWqES4&feature=player_embedded

an entire graduate degree in just 7 minutes. Priceless.

Keynes vs Hayek rap video.

Notice who the bartenders are.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 24, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I am really excited. I used to live in the 4th and am looking at buying a property in North Fort Collins. A great place with great people.

Posted by: bradcpa | March 24, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

colorado's 4th will be an interesting race - markey won because musgrave is a shameless moron. markey is anything but safe in the next election and it will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

and i hate to break it to you, but the 4th district is the boring part of the state - flatlands and farmers and ranchers, mostly.

Posted by: dks2008 | March 24, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Chris

Does this mean a Post-paid trip to Boulder and the Colorado national parks ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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