View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Sunday, July 25, 2004

Ken Gordon Loses It 

State Senator Ken Gordon has earned a reputation for being among the more pugnacious of Colorado Democrats. This past week, he outdid even himself. He booked a hall, and invited his supporters to a debate with an unnamed Republican about Fahrenheit 9/11. Without bothering to invite a Republican. Had no one shown, Gordon would have proclaimed a victory by no-show. None of this shows up in the Denver Post report; it's only available to those who happened to get Mr. Gordon's email to local Democrats. Fortunately, Representative Shawn Mitchell showed up, faced the lion's den, and acquitted himself nicely.

In the meantime, Gordon let loose with a couple of whoppers:

Gordon said Moore's movie, which has grossed almost $100 million, opens a dialogue for how the rest of the world views America.

"I'm glad that Americans are seeing the pain that war causes," Gordon said.

"Whatever it was like in Iraq the day before we started bombing them, it was worse the day we started bombing," Gordon said.

Charming. The Democrats have done nothing but harp on the "damage" the war has caused to our relationships with France and Germany, but it takes Michael Moore to "start a debate" on how we look. As has been repeatedly pointed out, our targeting has come a long way from the days of the Norden bomb sight.

The last line, for all the world, looks as though Gordon thinks that we should have left Saddam in power. Saddam, subsidizer of Hamas suicide bombers. Funny position for a Jewish state senator representing a largely Jewish district to take. Good thing state legislators don't run foreign policy.

Mitchell: "I think it is sad for the American left if Michael Moore and his tone has become a champion to you." Good for him. But it's more than sad, it's dangerous, and it's going to get good men killed.

Gordon, by the way, is a state delegate to the Democratic Convention. Keep that in mind when someone says that the party hasn't gone over to the lunatics.

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