Letter: Denver Post Senate endorsement is spot-on | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Denver Post Senate endorsement is spot-on

Stating that Mark Udall’s campaign to retain his U.S. Senate seat is an “obnoxious one-issue campaign” that “is an insult to those he seeks to convince,” the liberal Denver Post endorsed Udall’s Republican challenger Cory Gardner over the weekend.

In addition to its stark criticism of the content of Udall’s advertising, the Post endorsement calls for “fresh leadership, energy and ideas,” which, it states, “Cory Gardner can help provide … in the U.S. Senate.”

Alluding to the current dysfunction in Washington, the Post observes that, “We can be sure of what will happen in the next two years on issues such as immigration, tax reform, entitlement reform and military spending if the status quo persists: little to nothing. And yet these issues are critical to the nation’s economic health and a long-awaited boost for middle-class incomes.”

The Post is onto something here, which runs counter to the conventional narrative the public has been fed by the media for several years: blame Washington gridlock on the Republican House. Contrary to this myth, the House has sent to the Senate more than 300 pieces of substantive legislation, many with some Democratic support, on such matters as jobs, the economy, energy and health care. The bills die in Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s inbox — no debate, no hope of the serious consideration they deserve and no chance that the president will need to take a stand on them. Although not stated in the editorial, a reader could conclude that changing the majority in the Senate would give rise to meaningful debate on the important issues facing the country.

The editorial asks voters to recognize that “a great deal is at stake” in the 2014 election: “A dysfunctional Congress calls for action when voters have an attractive option to the gridlocked status quo. And in Colorado, thankfully, they do in Cory Gardner.”

Frieda Wallison

Old Snowmass

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