When former congressman Tom Tancredo decided to run as a third-party candidate for governor in Colorado, I didn’t think it was a good idea. Despite the meltdown of the official GOP nominee, Dan Maes, I had the vague sense that Tom, having retired from Congress, still had the political itch and was making an ill-considered decision.
Boy, was I wrong.
On the trail, I encountered multiple Democratic voters who were going for a straight ticket but would support Tancredo over John Hickenlooper. Why? Because Hickenlooper was too “pro-illegal” as mayor. In the gubernatorial debate I attended, Hickenlooper was clearly on defense on immigration, promising voters that Denver was not a “sanctuary city.”
At this point, the nominal Republican candidate is the spoiler, whose continued presence in the race can only elect the Democrat. If he were to do the right thing and drop out, the GOP could well get less than 10 percent of the vote, relegating it to minor party status, “presenting challenges to fundraising and significantly lowering the threshold for candidates who want to run under the party’s banner, giving the state party little vetting control and potentially flooding the party with unpracticed and unattractive candidates,” in the words of one report. Obviously, that “minor party” status would last only one election cycle, and “flooding the party with unpracticed and unattractive candidates” can only be an improvement over the parade of incompetents and RINOs that party leaders nationwide have come up with over the years.
By the Buckley Rule or any other standard, there’s only one choice for Republicans in Colorado: Tancredo for Governor!