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Hickenlooper to the Senate, hopefully

President Barack Obama has a beer at Wynkoop Brewing Co. with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

John Hickenlooper announced he’s running against the extremely vulnerable Cory Gardner in next year’s Colorado senate race.

Hickenlooper is a 1990s-style Dem, who loves to talk about how “Washington” is all messed up because it doesn’t have enough self-made businessmen like him who know how to get things done. He also had the poor judgment, when he was ramping up his presidential nomination campaign, to talk openly about how he didn’t want to be in the Senate, so he’s walking that back now:

“I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who knows how to get things done — but this is no time to walk away from the table,” Hickenlooper says in his campaign announcement video. “We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense. I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot. I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.”

He’s a super annoying anachronism in other words, but unfortunately he’s probably the best bet to beat Gardner. (He has a lot of enemies among Colorado progressives who think he’s in the tank for the oil & gas industry, but there aren’t any other prominent Dems in the race, and there certainly won’t be now that he’s in it).

He is of course 10X27th preferable to Gardner, so that’s really all that matters.

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