Most professional sports teams have a “franchise player” — the quintessential model of team leadership and ability; the best talent to match up one-on-one with anyone in the league, and the best person in the long run to build a team around.
The franchise player of the current Colorado Democratic Party is Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “Hick” is to the Democrats what John Elway was to the Broncos in the ’90s.
Therefore, all candidates facing tough close races in 2010 — ones in which the outcomes of their victory could be in doubt — should seriously consider doing the statesmanlike thing. Defer to John’s leadership and electability and choose not to stand for re-election.
As in sports, just because a player may have had the position for the current or past season should not, ipso facto, result in their retaining that position. Poor Jay Cutler!
Current elected Democratic officeholders should look themselves in the mirror and ask this simple question: “Can I or Mayor John Hickenlooper best retain this office for the Democratic Party in 2010?”
To do nothing less is to place self before principles, thus vitiating the party momentum that clearly is heading us in the right political direction.