Take a look at the C-SPAN video below from May 2009 and you can see U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo, changing his vote from “no” to “yes” on a motion involving an amendment to cap credit-card interest rates. For a guy eager to be seen as D.C. outsider, who proposed a slew of ethics reforms, and who even put his kids in a TV ad about how he’s going to “clean up Washington,” he looks pretty adept at playing the political game.
Why the big switch? In today’s Denver Post story by Michael Booth, Bennet wouldn’t say why (and neither would U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., who did the same thing). The campaign of Andrew Romanoff, running against Bennet in the primary, implied that Bennet switched his vote for political expediency. So, once Bennet realized enough other senators would vote to stop the motion, he hopped the fence and voted for it so he could proclaim himself friend of the consumer.
Is that too cynical? A misreading of the video? O.K., then Sen. Bennet should be able to explain what changed his mind in those five minutes. That should be transparently easy for someone who wants to change the way Washington works.
h/t on video to David Sirota