Bad Mood

While the national media is talking about the huge win for the president in Colorado on Tuesday, here's an alternative storyline. A poorly funded Democratic challenger gave incumbent Michael Bennet a good race by running to the left of him. That's a sign of extreme weakness for the White House, and another sign of the strong anti-Washington mood.

That Bennet had to give himself cash a week before ballots are counted means his campaign has burned through almost $5.8 million. That figure exceeds all previous spending records in Colorado Senate primaries.

Romanoff's campaign is centered on not accepting money from political-action committees.

The loser is said to have spent about 1/3rd the amount that Bennet spent, which including selling his house so he could loan his campaign $300,000 in the closing days. And he lost by only 8 points.