Darryl Glenn Misses Chance At RNC Spotlight

TUESDAY UPDATE: Westword’s Michael Roberts:

The most prominent Coloradan on the official program — Darryl Glenn, the El Paso County Commissioner running against Michael Bennet for the U.S. Senate seat — received a lot less attention, even though he referred to himself as having a “nice tan.”

Glenn was scheduled to speak at 7:41 p.m. Mountain, just shy of twenty minutes before major networks ABC, CBS and NBC began their coverage. As such, the main TV venues during his time on stage were cable-news nets Fox News, MSNBC and CNN — but none of them actually broadcast his remarks. Instead, he could be seen (but not really heard) in the background of shots as pundits and personalities such as Megyn Kelly, Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow and Wolf Blitzer kibitzed.

In the hall itself, however, Glenn was a smash…

Unfortunately, there were no new votes to win “in the hall itself.”


UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza was very much nonplussed by Glenn’s speech:


Darryl Glenn: A series of hackneyed one-liners (Hillary in an orange jumpsuit etc.) and blatant appeals for applause (stand up and cheer for blue lives) were bad enough. But this Glenn line put me over the edge: “Someone with a nice tan needs to say this. All lives matter.”  Oomph.



Colorado GOP U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn just finished his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We’ll be watching for news reports about the speech as they come in, because unfortunately for Glenn, it appears that none of the three cable news networks carried Glenn’s speech live:


That’s as close as Darryl Glenn came to being “aired” on CNN: a shot on a projection screen in the distant background behind anchor Wolf Blitzer. We’re told that Glenn was also ignored by FOX News and MSNBC; we’re looking to confirm.

Folks, we have to say this is a real surprise. Prior to this speech Glenn had received a great deal of press for his convention speech slot, with reference to his powerful address to the Colorado Republican state assembly in April–a speech that catapulted Glenn from minor candidate to the nominee for the U.S. Senate. Glenn’s opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, is considered the only real chance Republicans have at a pickup this year, admittedly a chance that has been in decline since Glenn won the nomination.

We have to assume that RNC showrunners had a role in selecting which candidates would receive cable news face time–or at least have a suggestion that should, in any strategic sense, include Glenn. It’s anybody’s guess why Glenn didn’t rate coverage when other less prominent figures like the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, were carried live. Did the Colorado GOP delegation’s failed uprising today upset the powers that be enough to take it out on Glenn? It’s curious to say the least.

And for anyone hoping Glenn might actually have a shot against Bennet in 2016, this was a huge setback. Glenn is never going to get another shot at a national audience like this. This was Glenn’s Barack Obama moment to shine.

And he got chumped by his own party.

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Darryl Glenn, the Republican candidate for senate in Colorado, took the stage to declare himself an African-American, a Christian, a Republican and a veteran. He accused President Obama of leaving the country more racially divided than it was when he came into office, and he paraphrased a line from Mr. Obama’s 2004 convention speech: “This is not about white American or black America, this is about the United States of America.” He declared that “blue lives matter,” urging a standing ovation in the arena.
    But he drew his biggest applause with a dig at Mrs. Clinton, who he called “unfit” to be president. He noted that she “loves her pantsuits” but added: “We should send her an email and tell her that she deserves a bright orange jumpsuit."



    • Duke Cox says:

      “Darryl Glenn, the Republican candidate for senate in Colorado, took the stage to declare himself an African-American, a Christian, a Republican and a veteran”

      One of the things that occurred to me, Dio, is the implied un-declaring of his African American status by his use of the "person with a nice tan  " remark. Really, Mr. Glenn? Does that mean you are actually a white man? …with a "nice tan"? That is what it sounds like.

      I must be missing something here….
      besides the quote button….

  2. Diogenesdemar says:


    Live updates taken from:



    Alan RappeportReporter

    9:43 PM ETInvalid Date

    “We all know she loves her pantsuits,” Glenn says. “But we should send her an email and tell her she deserves a bright orange jumpsuit.”

    Maggie HabermanReporter

    9:43 PM ETInvalid Date

    They’re all delivering a version of the same lines.

    Maggie HabermanReporter

    9:43 PM ETInvalid Date

    Adam, I am struck by the degree to which there is little variation in any of these speeches.

    Adam NagourneyLos Angeles Bureau Chief

    9:41 PM ETInvalid Date

    “Mr. President, I have a message: This is not about black America, white American or brown America,” Glenn says. “This is about the United States of America.” Isn’t that actually an Obama line?

    Maggie HabermanReporter

    9:40 PM ETInvalid Date

    And that somebody with a “nice tan needs to say this — all lives matter.”

    Alan RappeportReporter

    9:40 PM ETInvalid Date

    Glenn, who is African-American, says that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson do not speak for black America.

    Maggie HabermanReporter

    9:39 PM ETInvalid Date

    The language of this convention feels like an incredible throwback.

    Alan RappeportReporter

    9:39 PM ETInvalid Date

    Darryl Glenn, the El Paso County, Colo., commissioner is speaking now. “The Democrat party is the party of handouts,” he says.



  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Based on the other live update comments, it appears that perhaps Chris Christie had appeared on the convention floor (posing for selfies with delegates) at the same time Glenn was speaking, and that the cameras covering the convention chased him instead of airing Glenn's speech ???

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Best comment I saw:  Daily Kos's Laura Clawson

    "Darryl Glenn, Senate candidate in Colorado, can’t decide whether he wants to bring black church flavor or stand-up comedy flavor. He’s not getting great results from the generally limp crowd on either. But he’s speaking in sound bites that are likely to be re-aired at least once, so mission accomplished I guess?"


  5. Rhillebrandt says:

    Now I know why Colorado is so heavily weighted to Clinton, LOL you fuckers are pathetically blind and dumb. 

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      And what exactly is your problem, Rhillebrandt?  Nice language. My oft-times reply to language like that: "real nice comments. With words like that, you must be a Christian."

      Regards,  Conservative Head Banger

      (Proud to be a RAT:  Republican Against Trump)

    • Duke Cox says:

      Welcome to Pols, Rhillebrandt. Did you just come by to drop a turd and run off, or is there a chance you might school us so that we might become enlightened …like you?

  6. Rhillebrandt says:

    Good luck with those poll numbers…  LMAO!

  7. FrankUnderwood says:

    maybe the cable news programs did him a favor by cutting out live coverage of the speech

  8. Blackie101 says:

    Concerning Kyle Clark's twitter comment—it seems he is rapidly starting to push GOP candidates as this is not the first time he commented openly for the GOP.

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