October 28, 2015

Hickenlooper: Bennet Needs Clinton’s “Coattails”

Poor Sen. Michael Bennet. He’s so ineffective that less than a third of Colorado voters think he deserves to be reelected, according to the most recent polling, and now his own governor thinks he needs to ride Hillary Clinton’s coattails, according to remarks at a pro-Clinton grassroots event this week, captured by an America Rising tracker:

HICKENLOOPER: I’m also here channeling Michael Bennet, who couldn’t be here, but he’s the co-chair with me on this thing, and we have been strategizing on things we can do to help Hillary so there’ll be more to come from that front…I think one of the greatest things about Hillary –you know, she’s getting more and more momentum, more, more, more pure velocity –is that she’s also going to make sure we reelect Michael Bennet to the U.S. senate. She’s gonna have coattails.

It’s unclear why Gov. Hickenlooper thinks Clinton will boost Bennet given Colorado voters’ deeply unfavorable opinion of both of them. The latest polling had Clinton and Bennet with 35 and 41 percent approval ratings, respectively.

Bennet shouldn’t get too discouraged though; earlier this month Hickenlooper’s assessment of Clinton’s candidacy was less “pure velocity” and more “kind of grim” and facing a “death knell,” so there’s still time for the governor to get more bullish on his chances. The Denver Post reported:

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday became the latest Hillary Clinton supporter to express doubt about her candidacy for president, telling a Denver audience that the 2016 election is “kind of grim, to be blunt.”

Unlike most Republican candidates, Hickenlooper said he believes Clinton has the necessary background needed to run the country.

“But,” he added quickly, “I don’t know where this whole thing is going to go in terms of her … (e-mail) server and whether there is something in there that is really going to turn out to have broken the law — which I think would be the death knell.”

With friends like these, who needs enemies?