Then, finally, came the only reference to policy in Udall’s speech. “And by the way, I’m proud to stand with Colorado’s women,” he said, almost as an aside. “I’m proud to stand for reproductive freedom.”
An angry voice from the crowd jeered: “That’s not the only thing you stand for! Jesus Christ!”
Udall turned to a short, dark man on his left. The senator look genuinely stunned. “I’m sorry?”
“That’s not the only thing you stand for!” The heckler was Leo Beserra, a 73-year-old who made millions on Wall Street and, since the early 1990s, has shared a generous slice of that wealth with Colorado Democrats.
Here’s the problem that [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] has: on the one hand, he faces criticism from his own high dollar supporters that he has spent too much time talking about abortion, and there is good evidence that this particular criticism is correct. Udall’s campaign is supposed to be about women but his single minded focus on birth control has actually caused him to tank among women to the point that recent polls have shown him trailing among women.
But although this particular line of attack has been ineffective and although Udall’s position on abortion is itself well outside the mainstream of American politics in general and Colorado voters in particular, there is virtually nothing else [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] can talk about that will not place him further outside the Colorado mainstream. What else is he supposed to talk about? Is he supposed to talk about being in favor of Obamacare, which is opposed by Colorado voters almost 2-to-1? Is he supposed to talk about being opposed to the death penalty, which Colorado voters favor almost 3-to-1? Is he supposed to talk about his opposition to fracking, which Colorado voters favor by a 51-34 margin? On issue after issue, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] holds positions that are deeply unpopular with Colorado voters. Furthermore, Udall has voted with the desires of President Obama 99 per cent of the time, an accurate charge that stings given how unpopular Obama is in Colorado.
It may frustrate Udall’s supporters that he can’t seem to talk about anything other than his extremist abortion position. But it’s probably good for his electoral chances that he doesn’t.