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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Marilyn the "Muskrat" Musgrave Gets a Makeover

Marilyn Musgrave is Colorado's Michele Bachmann. It appears she is now trying to downplay her anti-gay animus - just like Michele Bachmann. From Colorado Confidential:

Marilyn Musgrave
The turnaround of Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's political fortunes may go down as one of the most impressive image reinventions in the history of modern politics...or at least in Colorado. Musgrave has survived two hotly contentious elections, made all the worse by her often whacked-out social agenda pronouncements (see "Marriage is the most important issue facing America today").

It's widely known that after her costly 2006 victory, the RNCC and other national powerbrokers bluntly informed Musgrave that she was not worth the money it was costing to hold her seat. The response from Musgrave has been a superficial engagement of bipartisan causes like never before, culminating with an appearance at the Progressive Democrats of Colorado speaking on her opposition the Pinon Canyon expansion. Mark Udall appears with her smiling for the cameras. Musgrave spoons out soup to Fort Collins homeless. Musgrave pumps gas (seriously). Gay rights activists cry shame, and it's true that her actual voting record hasn't really changed much, but she's revolutionized her public persona to the point that CD-4 isn't the pickup opportunity that Democrats once thought it might be. That's remarkable.