November 10, 2014

Beauprez Post-Mortem

Politichicks.com offers a look back at the 2014 Colorado Governor's election titled "How To Lose an Election in 10 Easy Steps (& why Beauprez lost the CO Gov's race in a GOP swing year)"

It's worth a read. You can probably guess from the headline that said chicks would have preferred Rep. Beauprez to connect with the grassroots and energize the base and refrain from bringing in establishment GOP figures like Governors Christie and Jeb Bush.

Or . . . perhaps . . . "Ten Reasons to not Nominate Rep. Bob Beauprez" might have been a better -- if less provocative -- headline. I've come neither to praise nor bury Bob. He is a good man whom I was proud to vote for. He self-funded and freed resources for expensive races for Senate and CO-6. He doesn't have Hick-arisma but is likeable. He pulled no Todd Akins; he hurt none on the ticket.

And he made a race. Yes it was a GOP year, but Colorado hands out gubernatorial second terms like ribbons at the Preschool field day. And the Governor remains likable, popular with moderates, and has some actual successes in the flood recovery. So thank you for getting in the arena, Congressman.

But. Those of us not wanting an establishment candidate should have a voice before the loss next time. And the answer is to demand a culling of the field before the primary. I met Steve House at a LOTR-F event and would have chosen him above all others. Yet his deeply shaded equine-ness was obvious. I asked him whether he expected the field to narrow before the primary. At the time I was worried about Rep. Tancredo who would have collected less than 15% of the approbations dealt Rep. Beauprez above.

He thought so. We all thought so. But it never happened. And Rep. Beauprez won the nomination with 30%. I would like to have seen the establishment push out Tancredo and the Tea Party push out House, Kopp, and Brophy. Then we would have a Tea Party vs. Establishment primary of Beauprez vs, SecState Gessler. And I would vow to support the winner.

But we need to focus on whom we nominate and not changing their stripes after.

CO Governor Posted by John Kranz at November 10, 2014 12:33 PM

Good analysis on an interesting topic. The Politichicks article was okay too.

Personally, I'm surprised I never heard a rumor that Bob's campaign was intentionally inept, to serve as a foil for Cory Gardner's "New Kind of Republican" campaign.

Also personally, I wondered if Tancredo would have succeeded where Beauprez failed? I know jk prefers Hick to Tanc, but at least we could have had the bully pulpit on our side, and a favorable pen hand at the governor's desk.

And, had Tancredo lost, it might have shown that hard-line policies on illegal immigration are political suicide. (Or, had he won, shown the opposite.)

I was pleased when Gessler announced early. Then came the parade of special-interest self-nominations. [first comment]

But, in the end, at least the "old guard" Republican didn't take the whole party down with him.

Posted by: johngalt at November 10, 2014 4:53 PM

I have evolved in four years and would have voted for Rep. Tancredo over Gov. Hickenlooper.

But my objection is that had Tom been on the ticket, the insufficient War on Women would have been replaced with the War on Hispanics which might have been more effective unless Tom exhibited perfect discipline. Is that his strong suit?

Posted by: jk at November 10, 2014 5:46 PM

My recurring nightmare, had Tancredo been the candidate, was endless TV ads with his voice saying, "We should bomb Mecca."

Posted by: johngalt at November 11, 2014 11:39 AM

At least he now has a hobby:

If you follow Tom Tancredo you know he makes it clear where he stands on people, like Colorado Republican Chair Ryan Call (dislikes him), and places, like Mecca (bomb it).

So, even as Republicans are still warm from hugging each other, it's no surprise that Tancredo is launching a new campaign to stop New Jersey Gov. Chis Christie's presidential aspirations.

Tancredo doesn't like Christie, and you can't blame him. You recall Tancredo's promising path to the Colorado governor's office was upended this summer by his own party, through a vicious ad campaign orchestrated surreptitiously by the Republican Governors' Association, which is chaired by... Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Tancredo is fighing back now with his "Stop Chris Christie PAC."

Always "fighting back!" But always at . . . Republicans.

Posted by: jk at November 11, 2014 11:58 AM

As Christie is a RINO I consider it a rear-guard action.

But I admit it comes of as churlish and self-serving.

Posted by: johngalt at November 11, 2014 4:10 PM

A "Nominate a Constitutional Conservative PAC" could provide the same action with less churl.

I delivered a rousing speech at the GOP caucus against Rep. Tancredo because he had run against the Republican nominee in the previous election. He had the most votes in our precinct and I don't think I swayed anybody.

Posted by: jk at November 11, 2014 6:43 PM | What do you think? [6]