“Moderate” Republican Endorses…Tancredo?

Norma Anderson.

Norma Anderson.

We wanted to make note of a blog post from the Denver Post's Lynn Bartels last Friday:

Former lawmaker Norma Anderson, known for wielding clout during her days at the legislature, said today if former Congressman Tom Tancredo makes the ballot for governor, she’s voting for him in the June 24 primary.

“Right now Tom is the best candidate,” she said, referring to the seven-person field of GOP hopefuls who want to unseat Democrat John Hickenlooper in November…

That former Sen. Norma Anderson, one of the more moderate elder statespersons in the Colorado GOP ranks, would endorse Tom Tancredo, one of the most polarizing hard-right politicians in our state's politics, is truly a fascinating development. Just as one example, Anderson is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit underway against the 1992 Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, arguing that it unconstitutionally undermines legislative power–most likely not a message Tancredo wants attached to his campaign in a Republican primary. But perhaps strangest of all?

Anderson, a Lakewood Republican, added she disagrees with Tancredo on immigration, a subject that defined him in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail in 2007. [Pols emphasis]

That's right, folks! Norma Anderson is endorsing a single-issue candidate, while "disagreeing" with said candidate on that single issue. The best explanation we've heard is that this odd move is legacy protection for Anderson and her family from the taint of being a so-called "RINO" (Republican in name only). The fact is, Tancredo is irrevocably linked to his hard-line stand on immigration. By endorsing Tancredo while disagreeing with him on his principal issue, this seems to be an attempt to make voters think that Tancredo's view on other issues matters.

To which we can only say, good luck with that.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Ralphie says:

    What else IS there about Tancredo other than immigration?  He's a one-trick pony.

    • Matt FreeMatt Free says:

      LOL… you are a funny guy… Tom Tancredo's "tricks" include unabashed and early support for Amendment 64 because he thinks freedom is for everybody, not just the people with whom he agrees. Tom doesn't smoke marijuana but he unequivocally and proudly defends the right of those who do. How's that for a "trick," Chuckles?

      Tom also thinks people should free to choose the schools their children attend, and free to choose the weapons they use to defend themselves, their families and their communities from mortal threats… and as far as illegal immigrants… he thinks they too should be free to do as they choose — in their own countries, and get this, Chuckles: His support for Amendment 64 will bear "immigration" fruit down the road because legalizing weed will break the backs of the Mexican drug cartels and make Mexico safe enough that all those war refugees now pouring across our borders will be able to go home and raise their families in peace.

      How about you, Chuckles? Do you support Amendment 64? Have you been out front taking heat from your "base" for your support of it? Tom is a brave man (he rides a Harley) and a couragous politician (I know, that's generally an oxymoron but it applies to Tom). He is precisely the kind of person we need in the governor's office, not the beer lobby bozo we have now — who opposed Amendment 64 and who still opposes freedom for anyone whose lifestyles he doesn't like.





  2. ModeratusModeratus says:

    I agree Pols, this makes little sense.

  3. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Anderson probably thinks that Tancredo is the most electable of the clown-car caucus, and is endorsing him just to avoid a Hickenlooper reelection.

    Unfortunately, I think she's right about that.

    As far as single -issue candidates, don't you forget now that Tommy, he love the ganja, mon.

  4. DavieDavie says:

    I guess for Anderson, Tanc represents the best of a bad lot (of near-certain losers).  So what does she have to gain or lose by this endorsement?  Not much.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      As of polls posted at RealClear March 24th, Hick had double digit leads (10 to 15 points) over everybody in the GOTP clown car, oddly with the smallest lead of 10 points over BWB, so she must know that none of them have a snowball's chance in hell.  Under those nothing to gain circumstances, endorsing a known extremist, bigo, established statewide loser and Dixie singin' friend to white supremacists seems an odd choice. Especially for someone allegedly thought of as more moderate than your average GOTP loon. 

  5. Tom says:

    If you tote up all of Tanc's accumulated votes in Congress, he may be able to make the case that he's the most moderate candidate in the field.

    Sure, he's always been the gold standard for anti-immigrant xenophobia, and his rhetoric is solidly in the conservative vein, but a decade as a backbencher voting the party line means that he voted for quite a lot of stuff that wouldn't pass today's litmus tests. 

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      But in his incarnation as a D list wako rightie celeb he isn't known for his votes as a congress member. Nobody cares about that. He's known for the circus he's created around himself since. I doubt he even wants a real job. He'd probably drop a load if by some unforeseen set of strange circumstances he actually got elected and to to be the Governor instead of a personality. 

      The Colorado GOTP knows by now that this isn't a serious race for them so any clown car candidate will do. If they run Tanc at least they won't be subjecting any candidate with future potential to the damage of becoming a loser. Tanc already is. What's in it for him is a new lease on another few years of potentially lucrative D list wacko celebrity fame. If he doesn't run for stuff every few years he's in danger of losing his minor league celeb status which is all he's got.  He's a poor man's Palin. That's his schtick.

      • Tom says:

        Is there anybody in the running that wouldn't poop their drawers if they somehow made it to the big chair? Since the GOP went from pushing an anti-government message to an anti-governing one, serious candidates are either keeping their distance or burying any credibility under a extra-thick pile of wackadoodle.

        • BlueCatBlueCat says:

          Sorry about my confusing extra words due to sloppy editing. That would be "…actually got elected to be the Governor". And I do think most of the other clown car candidates really do want that but BWB is probably the only one self deluded enough to think there's a chance.

  6. Matt FreeMatt Free says:

    Sorry, CP, your "logic" leaves much to be desired and your "facts" are even worse.

    The reason Tom Tancredo is far superior not only to the other GOP candidates but to the cowardly, freedom-hating Hick himself is that Tanc came out early and forcefully in favor of Amendment 64. He continues to this day to strongly defend it, advocate for it, and warn of dangers to its survival not just by drug cartel encroachment but by the drug war lobby that stands to lose so much if its cherished "war" against a plant is ended.

    The Hick, on the other hand, opposed Amendment 64 on its face and, instead of understanding the gravity of the issues involved – as Tanc does, makes jokes about Cheetos instead of warning about the drug war lobby.

    That is THE critical-path difference between Tanc and the Hick: Courage and understanding versus cowardice and cluelessness. Period. Full stop.

    And here's the other thing you lefty yo-yos don't seem to get: Even if you choose to vote for the freedom-hating Hick in November, you should support Tom now for one reason and one reason only: You get a "Don't tread on weed" advocate as the GOP nominee, not someone who will argue that Amendment 64 should be repealed or rolled back (lol)…

    With Tom as the GOP nominee, he will push the freedom-hating Hick to make commitments to protecting Amendment 64 that he will not have to make if one of the other GOP candidates is nominated.

    That is a cold, hard, Politics 101 FACT: Support Tom now and you protect not just the gains that Amendment 64 represents, you give the national weed legalization movement a huge boost because in the most cutting-edge state of all, even the right-wing extremist GOP nominee supports legal weed.

    So please, enough with your silly and bigoted reactionary commentary that plays so well around the hookah and start THINKING for a change, will ya?


    P.S. Here is the bottom line, folks, on why you should support Tanc at least until he is the GOP nominee: He actually believes the following:

    “An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
    – Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government, July 1795


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