U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet suddenly finds himself the darling of liberals on health care reform, but he appears more cautious on the Democrats' other major priority for the year — imposing new regulations on Wall Street...
Bennet last week joined Republicans in warning of "unintended consequences" in the sweeping, 1,100-page bill developed by Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., which establishes a new federal super-regulator as well as a separate agency to protect consumers.
The committee's junior Democrat, Bennet called for coming up with a bill that can win Republican support.
He raised his concerns the same day that Republicans asked for months of new hearings and discussion and warned darkly that passing financial regulatory reform in its current shape would cause "pandemonium in the world."
Here it is, served on a silver platter, an opportunity for Andrew Romanoff to create some daylight between himself and Michael Bennet. Romanoff is not the populist sort but if he wants a shot at winning he needs to seize on an issue and make it his own.