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What Sen. Bennet could learn at a Tea Party

"The election in 2008 [and 2010 and 2012] are about one thing, in my view, and that is whether we are willing to be the first generation of Americans in our history to leave less opportunity, not more, for our kids and our grandkids."

So said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado at the recent Democratic Party county assembly in Denver. But by doing the Obama Administration's bidding in the Senate, Bennet's "opportunity" agenda ends up being about more government intervention, an unconscionable public debt and a narrowing of liberty for the future generations he claims to care about.

Listen to the citizens attending the Tea Party event in Denver on April 15, 2010, in a video courtesy of Ari Armstrong.

"Without economic freedom, there is no political freedom," said a woman identified as Jane Cowles toward the end of the video. "I don't want the government being my parent."

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Democrats are Tea Partiers, too!

There has been a lot of press about Tea Party ralliers being merely libertarians and Republicans. WSYS caught up with a Tea Party Democrat, Mike Niland, in Denver at the Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2010.

"I'm just as concerned as the Republicans, the independents, the libertarians, all the other parties," said Niland. "I'm just as concerned about what's happening about our freedom right now. We are losing freedoms. They are taking away our rights. We're being forced to buy health care. I'm not happy with what the Democratic Administration is doing because it's not in the Constitution that the government can make us buy a product."


Tea Party endorses a Democrat: Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, Miami Herald, April 16, 2010

Democrat attends Tea Party
, Fox News, April 13, 2010

Disgruntled Democrats join the Tea Party
, CNN, April 2, 2010

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WhoSaid? I said! Mary Smith on FOX

Mary Smith, co-founder of WhoSaidYouSaid, said on the Fox News Channel that the "silent majority" opposing the Obama Administration's policies would speak loudly at the ballot box in November.

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Hickenlooper (hearts) Bennet AND Romanoff for Senate

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, playing the role of Democratic Party conciliator as he runs for governor of Colorado, effusively praised appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet AND Bennet's primary challenger Andrew Romanoff when speaking to delegates at the Arapahoe County party assembly on Saturday.

"If you look out over the landscape of anywhere in the United States, I don't think there are any two more talented candidates to be in the U.S. Senate than Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff," Hickenlooper said.

"Andrew Romanoff is one of the most talented people I've ever seen in terms of bringing people together, articulating positions. His work as (Colorado) Speaker of the House is legendary.

"And Michael Bennet, both when he was in the private sector, when he helped me figure out how government works as my chief of staff and then as (Denver) superintendent of schools...He is simply one of the most talented people I've ever worked...probably the most talented person I've ever worked with in my life."

"We've got two guys that are both head and shoulders above most other people in the Senate. What we have to do is make sure, as they work through this campaign, we keep it very positive on both sides."

In January 2009, when Bennet was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat by Gov. Bill Ritter (who bypassed Hickenlooper, Romanoff and others), Hickenlooper spoke at the press conference.

"Among the other hopefuls in this thing, what an incredible group of people, remarkable candidates that there were," Hickenlooper said then. "And yet, I cannot tell you how delighted I am that Michael Bennet was chosen. There is just no one who works harder than Michael Bennet. He doesn't know the meaning of the word 'quit.'"

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Sen. Bennet pining for the days of Walter Cronkite

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado apparently yearns for the bad old days when Americans got their news from just a few sources - and the free-for-all of talk radio, cable TV and bloggers didn't exist to rattle the powerful in Washington, D.C.

Bennet "says he doesn't confuse the blogosphere for real people and real voters," Eli Stokols of Fox 31 reported last month after Bennet got heat from the far left for declining to bring a vote on the public option to the floor of the Senate during the health-care reform debate.

Bennet, a teenager when Walter Cronkite left the anchor's chair of the CBS Evening News in 1981, sounds as if he prefers Cronkite's "And that's the way it is" to citizens of every political stripe seeking out and debating their own news and views.

"Coloradans and Americans are reading their papers and watching their televisions and what they see drives them nuts," said Bennet at a fundraising event in Denver on Feb. 18, 2010, at which President Obama appeared. "And it should. Because all they hear are talking heads yelling at each other on cable news and cynical reckless partisanship paralyzing their government.

"I don't know about you...I had a fight, by the way, with my staff on whether to include this...but for those of us of a certain age, there are days when I miss Walter Cronkite. I win."

At a town hall in January, Bennet said we "lost something [from] when most of us got our news from Walter Cronkite. Or, you know, from somebody that we all had to watch and we made up our mind about."

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