Greeley Trib To Lori Saine: “Stop Digging”

Rep. Lori Saine (R), center, receiving an award from ALEC in 2017.

Last week’s most-discussed lowlight in Colorado politics, Rep. Lori Saine’s disastrous attempt to appropriate the occasion of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by asserting that blacks and whites were lynched “in almost equal numbers” for “the crime of being Republican,” could have been a one or two-day news incident with limited collateral damage for the GOP brand. The reason it didn’t stop is simple: Rep. Saine steadfastly refused to apologize, and in fact doubled down in subsequent days to inquiring press and various talk-radio audiences.

At this point, the Greeley Tribune’s editorial on the matter for today’s edition sums up the view of any smart Republican:

Shh …. Shh ….

That’s our advice to Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, who kicked over a hornets nest this past week at the Colorado Capitol when she claimed in a speech on the House floor that blacks and whites had been “lynched in nearly equal numbers” for the crime of being Republican in the aftermath of the Civil War…

We don’t see what Saine hoped to accomplish by making her remarks. Republicans in the Legislature will have their work cut out for them this session to advance their agenda as a minority party. Saine’s comments won’t make that easier. At best, they’re a needless distraction from the work lawmakers of both parties must accomplish during this year’s legislative session. At worst, they’re ignorant and distasteful.

Rep. Saine may be doing splash damage to Republicans well above and outside her stomping ground of the Colorado General Assembly, but it’s unlikely that any of this will result in a even a private reprimand from House GOP leaders. House Minority Leader Patrick Neville does not have a record of enforcing discipline on his members, since he possesses irresponsible blowhard qualities himself–not to mention a recently-demonstrated moral blind spot.

Most likely, the only way the “digging will stop” is via Rep. Saine’s impending term limit.

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Something about leopards and spots, I think.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    It’s probably not my place to argue with the editors of The Greely Tribune, . . . 

    . . . but,

    . . . on the topic of Saine’s comments,

    . . . At best, they’re ignorant and distasteful.  At worst, well, don’t ask – Lori Saine apparently has no bottom.

    • spaceman65 says:

      My thoughts precisely, Dio.

    • DENependent says:

      I think you should not undercut your own position by starting with "It's probably not my place…" Not just because I agree with you, but because they're just people with opinions the same as yours.

      The only people who have no place arguing is when a non-expert tries to argue facts with someone who knows their field. For example a non-lawyer explaining how wrong a lawyer is about case law. Or the WingNutDaily types saying that global warming is all a conspiracy invented by those big science people to steal research dollars.

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        additional "people who have no place arguing" …

        I'm always impressed with men trying to argue reproductive realities (or personal safety) with women.

        Admitting my own faux pas … I was schooled by a group of Black community leaders (who I needed a favor from), when I tried to impose a generic questionnaire's structure on their needs.

        I once had an opportunity to sit in as a criminal justice professor tried to explain prison life to a group of recent parolees.

        Finally, I facilitated a week of training for a group who wanted to do farm debt mediation — one of the volunteers who didn't make it through was a lawyer who was certain he knew about farmers and their operations' budgeting.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    I think Lori is great! We need more GOPers similar to her. This is what you call successful product promotion.

  4. Genghis says:

    That there editorial is your basic exercise in futility. Telling Lori Saine to "Shhh" is like telling a hyena with severe gastrointestinal distress to refrain from blowing vomit and diarrhea all over the place. It's coming out, regardless of how sincere the plea.  

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