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June 15, 2010 11:21 PM UTC

Northern Colorado Tea Party cancels Rep. Steve King appearance

  • by: BobMoore

(Has she checked with “Swastika Guy?” – promoted by Colorado Pols)

UPDATE:I talked with Rep. Steve King this afternoon. He criticized Gardner and the NoCo Tea Party for canceling him, even though he says they didn’t disagree with what he said. The Gardner campaign begs to differ. And King says he’s coming to Colorado this weekend, anyhow. Story here:

Lesley Hollywood, director of the Northern Colorado Tea Party, told me today that she called Rep. Steve King of Iowa this morning to tell him she was cancelling his scheduled appearance at a Saturday event in Loveland.

“I was pretty disappointed when I heard his comments. What he said doesn’t fit in with tea party values, particularly in Northern Colorado.”

See an early version of the story at


39 thoughts on “Northern Colorado Tea Party cancels Rep. Steve King appearance

        1. be offended by King’s remarks.  The signs so many carry lead me to believe the leaders may not be speaking for the rank and file.  Still, it does show the tea party leadership here has more guts than the GOP who never dare to differ with the Limbaughs and Becks who say much the same and worse all the time. The Tea Party is certainly less regimented than the GOP and may not really have leaders that speak for them.

          1. I’m just happy that an official statement came out, and swift action was taken. If that pisses off tea partiers, then maybe they should think about joining a group more along their viewpoints–like the Klan.

            I like to believe though, that on the whole, the statement by the NoCo Tea Party represents the feelings of the vast majority of their membership. At least I hope so.

            1. but the intensity of the bitterness of their opposition to Obama and the over the top characterizations of him heard from those quarters, so out of proportion to anything the man has actually said or done, leave me with almost insurmountable doubts on that score.

  1. will be chosen to fill the heartbreaking void left by King’s cancellation?

    He will be replaced at the Loveland event by state Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Aurora, Hollywood said.

    1. As it turns out, Mitchell may be a better choice than King, but perhaps not by much. Here is a post Mitchell made last week on a rock climbing forum that was emailed to me by a source. They were having a spirited discussion about the new AZ illegal immigration law.

      From (a rock climbing website)

      But I am curious, PR. Beyond cultural enrichment (which ain’t nothing) what non-European cultural or intellectual traditions have contributed to America’s unique attainments in the world? Our focus on personal liberty, our free markets that facilitate growth, opportunity, and higher standards of living, our achievements regarding due process and respect for individual liberty against governmental abuse…I could go on, but assuming you value those things, please trace any of them, or anything else “American” you do value, to non-European roots.

      And don’t go all pinko on me and cite our failures…I’m claiming American exceptionalism, not perfection. My challenge is to cite the successes…anything honored or emulated about American civilization, and trace it to roots other than Europe.

      Shawn Mitchell

      American exceptionalism ….what does that really mean? Different things to different people obviously.  

      1. One of the most important inventions in the history of the world, without which America would not have been able to achieve dominance?

        Even if somewhere deep down in there, there’s a valid point (our political system is largely modeled off of European political though, specifically the 18th century Enlightenment period), it just comes off like an Aryan Brotherhood pamphlet. IMO, in many ways, it’s worse than what Rep. Kind said.

        1. He also continued by dismissing the sum total of immigrant’s contributions to American civilization as “some fun meals and music and holidays.”

          In other words, immigrants are good for Chinese restaurants, jazz, and Cinco de Mayo–and nothing more.

      2. originated as a term in the Communist Party.  

        A lot of American commies got in hot water for evoking it to Zinoviev and the Comintern for trying to explain why the workers hadn’t arisen here.

          It fell out of favor during the

        Third Period, but enjoyed a revival during the Popular Front era.  

          Let’s just say:


        I knew Bukharin.  I served at the purge trial on Bukharin’s jury.  You, Shawn Mitchell, are no Bukharin.

          Gotta admit, polsters, you just can’t make this stuff up!

        1. Though the concept apparently originated with de Tocqueville, it did have a good ride with the Communist Party of the U.S.A.

          In 1927 Jay Lovestone, leader of the Communist Party in America, defined American exceptionalism as the increasing strength of American capitalism, a strength which he said prevented Communist revolution.[23] In 1929, Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin, unwilling to believe that America was so resistant to revolution, called Lovestone’s ideas “the heresy of American exceptionalism.”[24] In the 1930s, academicians in the U.S. redefined American exceptionalism as befitting a nation that was to lead the world, with the U.S. to serve the older European societies as an example of a liberated future free from Marxism and socialism.[24] More recently, socialists and other writers have tried to discover or describe this exceptionalism of the U.S. within and outside its borders.[25]

  2. .

    Do they still say that any publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell the names correctly ?

    Maybe I can invite him to a town hall meeting, then chastise him during my speech ?

    By the way, if elected, I admit that the default mechanism in me breaks down the issue of race – on the side that favors the Korean person, just so my ethnic bona fides are on the table.  


    1. What’s disturbing about Steve King is that if asked about himself, he’d undoubtedly say that he, of course, is unimpeachably neutral when it comes to race.

      The funny thing is, if asked directly, Obama would probably respond that ALL of us – black, white, Korean, whatever – probably have an instinctual mechanism to favor people who look like us, or sound like us, or act like us. Which makes it all the more important to be sensitive about that and try to guard against it.

      But ignoramuses like Steve King fail to see the logs in their own eyes.

  3. that Steve King is just a “typical white person”. You know, “white greed runs a world in need”. I don’t like racism on either side.

      1. That is a direct quote from Obama, referring to his grandmother. They play it all the time on the radio, but I guess you wouldn’t listen to that.

            1. I listen to maybe a dozen stations, and none of them are 760 AM. Are you sure you’re not talking about the stations your fillings pick up?

              1. Which is played on 600 KCOL, 630 KHOW, and 650. I’m sure Limbaugh and Hannity have played it many times before on 850 KOA, etc. And don’t bother trying to discredit the messenger; just because Beck played it doesn’t mean Obama didn’t say it.

  4. A couple observations regarding the update:

    Cory Gardner’s campaign still has not condemned the comments King made. They denied his saying that Gardner agreed with him, but they haven’t said anything about the initial comments. From the article, it appears King is definitely pissed at Gardner–why else would he say it?

    The attempt by King to say that wasn’t what he was saying was just ridiculous. The excerpt he gave Bob is either a massive run-on sentence that makes no sense whatsoever, or what was being reported by Media Matters is really what he said. Bob’s point in the article about it not being apparent where King wants each sentence to begin and end is exactly right.

    Also, Buck distanced himself from King’s comments. The Tea Party and Buck come off great in this, they should repudiate Republicans who make off-hand racist remarks involving Obama more often.

      1. King was simply saying that in order to not be a nation of cowards when it comes to race, as Holder has said we are, we must talk about issues of race. He then said that Obama tends to favor black people in disputes, as evidence by the Gates case. You may dipute that, but it is an accusation that Obama is racist, not a racist statement itself. Think about it this way: if calling somebody racist is racist in itself, then everybody who has called the Tea Party racist is racist.

        1. since Obama favored an African American in one case (in which the African American was accosted by a white police officer for entering a house that he–the African American—owned which should have been out of his price range, in the estimation of the white police officer), this is supposed to prove that Obama favors black people?

          No, that isn’t a stretch or racist at all.

          Perhaps one can make the assumption that King–and you—insticntively favor white people in disputes based on the same case.

          1. Police are supposed to respond to burglary. There was no way they could have know that was his house. Gates used his race to score political points, and that is what is shameful. I favor the police and the laws of the United States rather than a race. Favoring a race would be racist.

            1. I favor Gates in this instance.  He was racially profiled and received different treatment based solely upon his race…he was a black man living in a predominantly white neighborhood…in short, “he didn’t know his place”.  There is absolutely no way a caucasian person in the same situation would have been treated in the same fashion.

      2. .

        Turns out King didn’t say what the earlier Thread represented that he said.  

        The out-of-context quote led me to believe that King was making a blanket statement about the President, at all times and in all situations.  

        To be candid, I would expect a man that knows that he is half-Caucasian, but grew up every day being reminded by anti-Black bigots that they consider him less worthy than themselves due to the “one drop” rule,

        I would expect him to give the benefit of the doubt to a black person in a “he said, she said” situation.  

        It’s called learning to deal with the world we live in.  Don’t know how typical Obama’s experience is, but for the blacks I know, including the ones I’m related to, it seems like half of the young black men they know have spent time in jail or prison.  Half.  They tell me anecdotally that half of the young black professionals they know cannot get a professional job.  

        Most of the blacks I know well enough to discuss such things also tell me of discrimination within the “black” community, with lighter-skinned people being disrespected for being – I don’t know – less pure ?

        So Obama got it from all sides growing up.  He is wired to give more credit to someone with skin coloration like his own, as I am.  

        But he has demonstrably overcome, or learned how to handle that inclination as he moved through different circles.  


        But back to the misquote.  

        King said that Obama came down on the side of one Black man in one incident.  That may or may not be true in the case of Professor Gates, but it is a position that can be readily defended without any evident racism.  

        Attacking King for this, in my admittedly less-than-angelic opinion, shaped by growing up in a particular environment, is a stretch.


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