The luckiest candidates of 2010

Joining Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) at the top of the Luckiest Candidates of 2010 list is Jane Norton of Colorado.

Reid's candidacy, of course, has gone from the political emergency room to recovery ever since Sharron Angle won the GOP primary on June 8. She runs from reporters at her own press conferences, tells inquiring voters that job creation won't be in her job description as a senator, and her own supporters are calling campaign headquarters begging for an explanation of how this all went so wrong.

DeMint, now a conservative leader whose donations and endorsements to GOP candidates this cycle are often in direct opposition to the picks of the Republican establishment, has ended up in a race that feels more like a bad movie. Alvin Greene, who won the Democratic primary last month, has no campaign funds, no staff, no job, no income, no computer and no chance of winning against DeMint statewide in South Carolina. A congressional district in New Jersey — perhaps — but the Palmetto State won't be having any of this.

Jane Norton is running against Ken Buck for Senate in the Colorado GOP primary. She has suddenly fallen on good times — Buck can't stop talking out of school to secret recorders. First he told a voter he should choose him because he doesn't "wear high heels," before going on about the authentic "bulls--t" stuck to the bottom of his cowboy boots. Women make up much of the GOP primary electorate in Colorado, and we will see how funny this is to them now that Norton has made an advertisement starring Buck and his clever joke.

Not having done enough damage, Buck then spoke to some Democrat who asked him a question while secretly recording him and Buck made another joke, this time about the Tea Party, which has supported his candidacy, calling them dumbasses. Yes, he has an explanation, which you can read here.

Apparently in 2010 candidates still need reminding that no one is safe to talk off the record with, short of spouses in the privacy of one's kitchen, perhaps. The primary is Aug. 10. Let's see how many women and Tea Party voters turn out for Buck.


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