CO-Governor: Was Ritter's Problem Moderation or Inconsistency?
Commenter Bob Stovall offered a good response to my post arguing that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter's moderate approach doomed his governorship: It is not ...
Commenter Bob Stovall offered a good response to my post arguing that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter's moderate approach doomed his governorship:
It is not as simple as saying Ritter is a moderate and therefore doesn't appeal to anyone. A significant factor in my mind is that he was unpredictable. No one seemed to know where he was going to go next. People look for some sort of guiding principle. There is a difference between being a moderate and changing course frequently to please everyone.
The sequence of events is that Ritter vetoed a labor supported bill (because he didn't think it was passed in the correct way) and then issued his collective bargaining directive to try to appease labor. Then he vetoed another labor bill.
The Bennet appointment showed flawed political thinking. There was nothing to gain and lots to lose by appointing Bennet instead of Andrew Romanoff.
Moderates can succeed if they know where they are going.
I think this is a smart take on Ritter's problems. He really got off on the wrong foot with his initial labor bill veto, which caught the unions by surprise. Ritter tried to find a middle ground on business-labor issues, but ended up just vacillating back and forth.
The lesson seems to be that while it's bad for your allies to feel unsatisfied, it's much worse for them to feel betrayed. Ritter didn't just fail to mollify his base. He also failed to manage their expectations.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Are Muni Bonds Being Replaced by Direct Loans?2 hours ago
Unrest Continues in Ferguson36 minutes ago
To Save Money, Cal State Considers Not Accepting Freshmen at All39 minutes ago
Judges Overturn Gay Marriage Bans in Mississippi and Arkansas49 minutes ago
How the GOP's Rust Belt Governors Might Fix its 1% Problem59 minutes ago
New San Francisco Rule Prevents Employers from Changing Worker Schedules1 hour ago