Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Did McCain Just Lose Colorado?

McCain gave an interview calling for a renegotiation of the 1922 Western Water Compact. Basically, it would allow states in the lower western US (including Arizona ‘natch), which are thirsting for water, to grab it from Colorado. Seems somewhat obscure, except that there are few issues in Colorado which generate as much anger:

John Redifer, a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and political science professor at Mesa State College, said McCain’s position makes sense in light of Arizona’s needs, but not as a national policy.

“I wonder if he is running for president of the United States or for something in Arizona when he makes those statements,” Redifer said. “I’m really kind of surprised that someone running for president … that needs to carry the state of Colorado would make a statement like that.”

Colorado’s statesmen also questioned McCain’s plan, with Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., saying he is “totally disappointed in McCain.”

The Republican Senate candidate from Colorado may have had the most scathing response:

“Over my cold, dead, political carcass,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer said.

The Denver Post has an editorial up which just rips him to shreads:

Memo to: John McCain.

From: Five million thirst-crazed Coloradans.

Subject: Forget about winning our nine electoral votes next November. We don’t vote for water rustlers in this state; we tar and feather them!

The Denver editorial is a must-read, calling McCain’s statements “politically suicidal ramblings.” Obama should be on this like white on rice. He’s done a good job of tailoring ads to specific states. He needs to have an ad up in Colorado by Monday at the latest.


August 16, 2008 - Posted by | Battleground States | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This is a good way to lose votes in the Great Lakes states as well, if he pushes it as a general issue. There are a lot of folks who are convinced the government is going to start pumping lake water out west. Hearing McCain say that would confirm a lot of those suspicions.

    Comment by zenbowl | August 16, 2008 | Reply

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