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.
Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.