Comments: Beauprez Post-Mortem

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
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