I’ve been looking forward to reading the political news over the last few days, now that the Colorado primaries have ended. As I’ve mentioned before, I found the Colorado governor’s race particularly entertaining. Between McInnis’ plagiarism and Maes’ campaign finance violations and inane comments (he recently announced that Denver’s bike-sharing program is a threat to personal freedoms and could be part of a UN plot), the Republican party didn’t really have any good candidates, so I can’t really blame the thousands of people who voted in the Republican primary but didn’t bother to check a box in the gubernatorial race. The undervote was so severe that Jane Norton, who lost the GOP Senate primary to Ken Buck, received more votes than Dan Maes, who won the primary for governor.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when more polls start coming out and Maes and Tancredo get busy calling on each other to drop out of the race; the last I heard, Hickenlooper was beating Maes 50-38 if Tancredo drops out, 48-23 if Tancredo stays in (in which case Tancredo gets 22 percent of the vote). Between the two of them, they can almost catch him! One wonders whether they’ll be spending time attacking each other as well as Hickenlooper.
On the national scene, the GOP (which has been filibustering…well…basically everything on the grounds of not wanting to add to the deficit) recently announced a plan to extend many of the Bush tax cuts. Yesterday the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation released their report on the measure. The report shows that it would add over $36 billion to the deficit next year, of which the lion’s share – nearly $31 billion – would go to households earning over $1 million per year, an average per-household tax cut of around $100,000.
As usual when it comes to Republicans, file this under hypocrisy..