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With just days to go before the August 10 Senate and gubernatorial primaries, Colorado Republicans are tripping, sparring and in some cases, falling apart. Each of the four major Republican candidates in the Senate and gubernatorial races seems to have done at least some self-inflicted damage recently. It's created an odd dynamic in which many of these Republican candidates haven't been able to truly capitalize on their opponent's troubles -- simply because they've been too busy dealing with their own.
Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans was forced to resign Wednesday, the same day that a local news station aired a slick six-minute video Evans made to pitch a reality TV show called The Chief, starring himself. Evans' ouster, and the public release of the video, ends a weeks-long story that began in tragedy but culminated in something closer to farce.
You wouldn't expect this to take long -- and it didn't. Colorado Republican Jane Norton has a new ad seizing on her Senate primary opponent Ken Buck's comment that people should vote for him "because he does not wear high heels."
Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo is throwing down the gauntlet. According to The Denver Post, Tancredo has demanded that the Republican Party's two scandal-stained candidates, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, drop out after the August 10 primary, so that the party can appoint another nominee. If not, Tancredo says, he'll run as a third party candidate, "and I won't get out."
Remember the right-wing freakout over NASA administrator Charles Bolden's comments that the agency was reaching out to Muslim nations? At least one Republican Senate candidate seems to have bought the hype.
Today featured the prosecution's cross-examination of Rod Blagojevich's brother Robert -- and ended with the ex-governor's lawyers saying their client may not take the stand after all. After all this build up, could Blago sit silently through his trial? What happened?
Blagojevich's lawyers say they don't think the prosecutors have proven their case. But The Chicago Sun-Timessuggests keeping Rod off the stand may have something to do with Robert's performance during cross examination. "In just the first 10 minutes of cross-examination Monday, Robert Blagojevich, who had overseen the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund, found himself contradicting his own statements and having to explain a secretly recorded and previously unheard conversation." Today's Moment of Blago comes from Robert, and via the Sun-Times.