The Corner

Re: Owens Out

So Colorado Gov. Bill Owens isn’t running for the Senate. Whom should conservatives support? Many will want to back Rep. Tom Tancredo because he is such a forceful advocate of restricting immigration. My sense, however, is that he’d be a radioactive candidate who energizes Democrats–and very possibly cost Republicans a seat they ought to keep. Tancredo has a safe seat in the House and should hold onto it. I hope that’s what his friends advise him to do. Besides, the GOP can offer a very good conservative alternative who is also more electable: Rep. Bob Beauprez (pronounced “bow-pray”). Just think of the cool bumper sticker: ‘Prez for Senate.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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