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12/12/2013 12:10 pm ET Updated Feb 11, 2014

Stand for Something Depending on Where You Say It?

During a KHOW radio interview Monday, Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said, "I think it's very important for Republicans to stand for something, not just stand against something" (at 5:40 in audio of interview below).

You'd hope Connell, who's a hard-driving conservative, would agree with Buck.

And you'd also hope Connell would agree with me that another statement by Buck, uttered during the same radio interview, runs counter to his promise to stand for something (at 2:50 in audio of interview below).

Reminded by Connell that Buck was tagged as a "gaffe-machine" when he ran for Senate back in 2010, and lost to Democrat Michael Bennett, Buck said:

Buck: "Obviously, I'm more careful in what I say and where I say it and who I'm around. It doesn't mean I don't hold the same values. I think messaging is important."

Saying one thing in one place, depending on who's "around," and saying something else in another place, depending on the company, doesn't sound like standing for anything. It sounds like standing for nothing and against nothing.

Yet, Connell didn't ask Buck to explain himself.

Obviously, Connell wouldn't have gotten anywhere with Buck had she asked him the sorts of things he'd say privately versus in public, but she could have at least listed a couple of Buck's private utterances that Democrats used to sledge-hammer Buck in TV ads last time around, including his infamous exuberance for banning abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, as well as his private courting then public dumping of personhood activists, whose failed amendment would have banned common forms of birth control, as well as all abortion.

Connell, who had Buck on her show Tuesday, also might have recounted some of the Buck material leading to the "gaffe-machine" tag, like his comment comparing being gay to alcoholism.

With this info out there, listeners might have wondered about the truth of Buck's claim to Connell: "The donors know me. They trust me."

"Who really knows you, Ken?" Connell should have asked Buck, "when you might walk out the door, talk to a different group of people, and say something completely different than you've just told us on the radio?"