A Victory for One of the Good Guys

I try to keep my blogging on Senator Michael Bennet to a minimum because I know him and like him and because his brother is the editor of the Atlantic and also my friend (plus, I owe him money). But let me just say that the better man won last night in the Colorado Democratic primary. At the outset of the race, I had nothing against his opponent, Andrew Romanoff, though I obviously have complicated feelings about people named after the czars. But then Romanoff started campaigning, and lying -- I mean, active, balls-out lying -- about Michael's record, and I realized how rare a person like Michael is in national politics. Even under terrible pressure, he never lied about Romanoff, and never lowered himself into the gutter. Now he faces a Tea Party candidate in the general election about whom I know nothing, and Michael's chances, to my mind, are good. I won't do this again, I promise (well, I sort of promise) but if you live in Colorado, please study Michael's record, and watch him in action. You'll realize soon enough that he has the character and intelligence to be a great senator, at least until he becomes a delusional goofball like the men and women who have stayed in the Senate too long, which is most of them.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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