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February 09, 2009

The Bennet problem

Colorado's newly-appointed Sen. Michael Bennet has one major thing to work on as he seeks election in 2010 -- getting some charisma.

From the Colorado political insider blog Colorado Pols:

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet was speaking to a group of about 40 Democrats about the federal stimulus plan. After talking for about 5 minutes, Bennet took a handful of questions before a woman in the back of the room stood up.

"I'm sorry," said the woman. "I like some of what you're saying, but who the hell are you?"

The question was not asked in jest - the woman clearly had no idea who Bennet was or why he was speaking.

To be fair, Bennet had not really been introduced to the group in a clear manner, but he also demonstrated an almost total lack of charisma. And this is exactly why we thought Gov. Bill Ritter's selection of Bennet for U.S. Senate was such a disaster.

Republicans have had their own problems recruiting a top challenger to Bennet, particularly after Attorney General John Suthers deciding not to pursue the Senate race. 

The latest name getting some traction? Former GOP congressman Bob Beauprez.