Eric Sondermann is a Colorado-based independent political commentator. His weekly column appears every Wednesday in ColoradoPolitics. Reach him at EWS@EricSondermann.com; follow him at @EricSondermann on Twitter
Eric Sondermann: "The year was 2004. Republican consultant Katy Atkinson and I led a campaign to defeat Amendment 36, an initiative to award Colorado’s Electoral College votes proportionally instead of giving all to the presidential candidate carrying the state."
Eric Sondermann: "To call this a 'cultural revolution' might be a tad strong, but it is not wholly in error. Fueled by understandable, even overdue outrage and further propelled by a heavy dose of division, America finds itself in the midst of a deeper awakening to some of the ugliest pages of its history."
Eric Sondermann: "Is something stirring out there? Is an upset possible? Could this be a career-ender for Hickenlooper and the long-sought opportunity for Romanoff whose political career should have been effectively finished years ago?"
Eric Sondermann: "Democrats will return to the Capitol to find that any proposal with a fiscal impact is dead on arrival. And that other ideas once central to the agenda — think family leave legislation, for one — are no longer attuned to the political moment."
Eric Sondermann: "Hippocrates, not a bad source at the moment, is thought to have originated the phrase, 'Drastic times call for drastic measures.' His reference was to disease and extreme cures. But, perhaps, a similar curative might be the prescription for an ailing, diseased political system."
Eric Sondermann: "Columns are supposed to have a theme. A message. An over-arching point. To start with the lead paragraph and build a case that neatly comes together several hundred words later. This will not be such a piece. Impressions are still too scattered and feelings too raw to make sense of it all and tie it together into a coherent whole."
Eric Sondermann: "So it goes. A party once notable for “The New Deal” and “The New Frontier” — and whose only three presidents in the last half-century ranged from the mid-40s to the low-50s upon taking office — now features Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. One would be 78 come inauguration day; the other 79."
Eric Sondermann: "What had looked to be a Democratic contest between Bernie Sanders on the hard-progressive end and a blob of so-called centrists nipping at each other’s heels dramatically sorted itself out and took on a new shape. Joe Biden, once a presumptive front-runner, then given up for dead, suddenly stepped back into the leading role."