November 9, 2006
Barak Obama is the big winner. With ties to Illinois, Kansas and Hawaii, Obama is a candidate that has appeal nationwide--even in the South. And Obama would crush Hillary in the crucial Super Tuesday Southern primaries, where the Black vote is key and would be energized. It has been suggested that if Obama runs, Hillary won't. When Obama came to Denver last month his national appeal was clear. He won't pass up this chance, merely to languish in the US Senate for two more years.
Bill Richardson was a HUGE loser. This is a big disappointment to me. He cruised to re-election as a governor of New Mexico, but failed to get Patsy Madrid elected in Albuquerque's congressional district shows he just can't bring home the bacon. Madrid lost to an abysmal Heather Wilson mainly on the weakness of her GOTV effort (she was polling 4 points up the weekend before the election). I love Bill, but his presidential aspirations came off the rails on Tuesday.
Brian Schweitzer won big. While Richardson couldn't deliver in New Mexico, Schweitzer brought home the bacon BIG TIME in Montana. Democrats owe the US Senate to Brian Schweitzer. Add in a Denver Convention and Schweitzer could definitely be the man...if he runs. Trouble is, he hates Washington. And who could blame him? Would you want to leave Steamboat for Foggy Bottom? Democrats have never nominated a candidate for President or Vice President from a state west of a state that borders the Mississippi River. It's definitely time for that.
Kathleen Sibelius won big. Not only did Kansas' governor win re-election, she flipped Republican elected officials to Democrat. She's going to be on the short list for VP. She knows NASCAR and can talk alternative fuels:
In Colorado, Mark Udall is a big winner. It's clear that Colorado isn't as conservative and Republican as it once was, and he's cleared the field for a Senate run. Wayne Allard promised not to run for a third term, had trouble twice with Tom Strickland, a terrible candidate, and is one of the more unpopular US Senators out there. Udall will have a tough race, but will beat Allard handily. K