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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"A maverick on the Colo. River"

The Post points out John McCain's mistake in suggesting to the Pueblo (Co.) Chieftan that the 1922 Colorado River Compact be renegotiated.

The Compact divvies up water resources among the different states that fall within its basin.

Any suggestion to reconsider it is unpopular in Colorado:

"Over my dead body," snapped Colorado Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar.

"Over my cold, dead, political carcass," echoed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer.

"On this issue, [McCain] couldn't be more wrong," Democratic Senate candidate Mark Udall said.

McCain showed remarkably bad political judgment in broaching the issue, especially in Colorado. Somethings do not need to be mentioned. This is one of those issues. How many people are going to vote for McCain because of his position on western water rights? Nigh on zero.

But he may have just lost enough voters in Colorado to lose this state.

McCain showed remarkably bad judgment in broaching the subject at all.

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