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Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, together (yet) again

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 15, 2018 - Updated: February 15, 2018

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Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, left, and Cory Gardner channel their inner Canadian in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. (Office of Sen. Michael Bennet via YouTube)

Judging by a video posted to YouTube this week by the press staff of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, you’d think he and his Colorado counterpart, Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, just can’t get enough of each other. And it’s not only when they collaborate on high-profile, heavyweight issues like the immigration-reform legislation they jointly introduced on Wednesday. Sometimes, it involves lighter fare. Like curling.

Yes, the winter sport that’s beloved everywhere north of the United States. Only, this time, it was played by two pols in a hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building in the nation’s capital.

 

We’ll resist the temptation to crack wise about this centuries-old Scottish pastime (or the latter-day Canadians who embrace it with a passion). We’ll just confess some of us at Hot Sheet are mystified by its appeal — even if it is an Olympic sport — and leave it at that.

Instead, let’s note how our two U.S. senators seem to have figured out the antidote to our nation’s acrimonious political climate — and maybe the key to survival in it — is a warm and chummy display of bipartisanship. Certainly, in perennially purple Colorado, where the largest voting bloc is unaffiliated.

The video is a tribute to the ongoing Winter Olympics and the fact that, “Colorado has the most athletes of any state competing in Pyeongchang.” There are plenty of smiles and even a high five between the two officeholders. It all should play well in a swingable bellwether like Jefferson County — even if most of the voters there don’t get curling any more than we do.

 

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.