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Sirota to Bennet: Don't make promises that you're not willing to keep

Oh accountability. We love it so.

Dear Appointed Senator Bennet,

It's time to pay the piper. In fact, it's time to pay the 35,000 pipers that David Sirota had sign a petition to you on health care reform.

Sorry for the traffic noise in this one . . . Here's the transcript of the beginning:

"Senator Bennet made his commitment to offering the public option in this legislative process, knowing that this process could be a difficult process. He shouldn't have made the promise unless he was willing to fulfill the promise. His arguments about process are basically an argument that it's difficult to do this. But don't make promises that you're not willing to keep, no matter how difficult they are. And I don't think it's asking too much simply for him to follow through."

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Sen. Bennet = "Unprincipled Hack"

That's not us saying it - It's one of his own! Who said? Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.

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"Originally, a month ago, Michael Bennet was the hero of the public option," said Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake, speaking on CNN. "He was the guy who was saying, 'Hey, let's fight for this thing.' And now that he could actually introduce an amendment for one, and leadership doesn't want him to, he's going to be a good boy and he's not going to do it.

"And [Bennet's primary opponent] Andrew Romanoff is saying, 'Well, you know, if I was in the Senate, I would do it.' So it's causing a real problem for him because he's starting to look like an unprincipled hack who was only doing it to fundraise when he, you know, when it didn't matter."

Hamsher has launched an online effort to pressure Bennet which claims to have 30,000 supporters so far.

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Do you know how many Peeps it will take to enforce the new health care bill?

The pending health care reform is all anyone can talk about today. Sometimes it's hard to understand the real magnitude of a bill like this. We took a small portion of it, the number of new employees the IRS will need to meet its responsibilities under the bill, and tried to wrap our heads around exactly what that would look like.

I wonder if Congresswoman Betsy Markey likes marshmallow chicks. If so, we've got some to spare.

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Mayor Hickenlooper on horseback: Whoa! Or Giddyup?

When Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper announced in January that he was running for governor of Colorado, he used a play on words, saying that the opposite of "Woe" (such as economic woe) is "Giddyup."

Well, here's video, courtesy of Denver Direct, of Hickenlooper on horseback experiencing the reality of Whoa and Giddyup on the grounds of the State Capitol...

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