Monday, March 28, 2005

Will Sen. Salazar Keep His Word?

Last year while locked in a tight race in Colorado, Ken Salazar said he would support having a vote on Pres. Bush's judicial nominees. Now that Mr. Salazar is a U.S. senator, the story is changing. As Betsy Newmark of Betsy's Page says, "How soon they flip once they get elected."

Now, the Senator's staff is not sure exactly what he said last fall during the campaign. Sen. Salazar may wish to consult former Pres. Clinton, who famously answered a question by saying, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." That kind of logic is what Sen. Salazar needs so that he can wiggle out of his campaign position.

Or maybe Sen. Salazar can consult Sen. Landrieu of Louisiana. Landrieu made a similar pledge, in her case to vote for a particular controversial nominee. Once in Washington, she changed her mind and explained that she had learned new information. Sen. Landrieu's trick may be another one that Sen. Salazar wants to learn.

Why do politicians feel so free to ignore what they said they would do? I hope that the voters of Colorado remember in 2010 what little regard Sen. Slaazar has for his campaign promises.

When Sen. Landrieu and Sen. Salazar are up for reelection, remind the voters of Louisiana and Colorado respectively how they do not keep their word.

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