The Aurora Sentinel’s pseudonymous Quidnunc actually has news today that we didn’t already know:
QUID HAS HEARD that it’s untrue that the fathomlessly far-right thunk tank in Golden, Ye Olde In Depends Astute, or something like that, does nothing right, or left. Seems that institute chief brainiac Jon Caldara — successor to the likes of John “Ten Commandments” Andrews and Tom “Nuke The Bastards” Tancredo — just can’t get enough liberal bashing these days. Not satisfied with an annual soirée that encourages open sexist fun and loaded guns, Caldera has cleverly created a “Californian Of The Year” list. Each week, until Colorado tires of his shtick, Caldera picks some poor sap he and his think most likely represent whack California values and politics. So far, he’s bestowed the honor of Boulder Congressman Jared Polis for his push for total green energy in the state by 2040. Such a sin. Yours truly must say, however, that since our blessed square state is home to so many transplants, including Caldara, New Jersey, yup, that the idea of assigning oh-those-people status intrigues this hack.
Full stop. Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute is from…New Jersey? There’s no question that a healthy contempt for Californians is mandatory for the native-born of the Centennial State, but it doesn’t take much thinking about it for Coloradans to conclude that oh yes indeed, New Jersey sucks. New Jersey is for people who wish they lived in New York but can’t afford to–except for the ones who wish they lived in Philadelphia and are even more pitiable than the ones who wish they lived in New York. You could even argue that the state of New Jersey exists for the sole purpose of having an even worse place to compare your own crappy circumstances to favorably–“as least we don’t live in New Jersey,” and so forth.
On the other hand, California has the biggest economy in the United States and the sixth-largest in the world.
Keeping with Caldara’s hypocritical theme, Quidnunc nominates Rep. Lori Saine as Texan of the Year for pulling a Texas-style gun goof and Sen. Cory Gardner as Kansan of the Year for putting the whole nation on course to replicate that state’s recent economic miracle. Again, we’ll take California.
And if Jon Caldara doesn’t like it he can take his schtick back to Jersey.