Glenn: “I Am The Human Equivalent Of A Unicorn”

Darryl Glenn.

Darryl Glenn.

This week’s quotable quote is in a weekend story from the Durango Herald’s Jonathan Romeo, writing about a Southwest Colorado visit by longshot Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn:

“That has been a theme,” Glenn said of his stops in Cortez, Durango and Salida, among others. “They expect their representation to come out more and talk to them. If you aren’t talking with people and understanding their concerns, you can’t do your job.”

Most polls show the current El Paso County Commissioner trails Bennet with less than 50 days until the election, but Glenn, now on his “third or fourth” visit to the Western Slope, said he’s gaining traction.

“We have a lot of support,” he said. “They appreciate the fact I’m willing to come out here and listen. Sometimes people outside of the Front Range feel like they’re being left out.”

Now the problem with this statement from Glenn, by his own account only on his “third or fourth” trip to the Western Slope, is that Sen. Michael Bennet is in no way a stranger to western Colorado or rural parts of the state in general. Bennet serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and has been heavily involved with such Western Slope issues as the battle over oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide. Googling Bennet’s name along with “Durango,” “Grand Junction,” or “Western Slope” will return ample proof.

But as we’ve foreshadowed, that’s not the punchline:

“I am the human equivalent of a unicorn,” he said. [Pols emphasis]

It’s been said (famously and recently) that Republicans are not very good at what they derisively call “identity politics”–that is politics that center on one’s race or other superficial identifier. But unless we’re missing something obvious with Glenn calling himself “the human equivalent of a unicorn,” we’re pretty sure he’s trading on the fact that he is a conservative black man running for office.

It’s either that, or Darryl Glenn has joined the Bronies.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    Am I the only one who finds that pic homoerotic?

  2. Moderatus says:

    When blacks dare to leave the Democrat plantation, they are ridiculed.

    Prove them wrong, Darryl! Prove that the Republican party is colorblind like America should be.

    • spaceman65 says:

      The GOP is very blind.  Has been for a long time.  The evil ghost of Ronald Reagan endures. 

    • OrangeFree says:

      See, you tried to make a valid point, but just had to throw in a slavery reference. 


    • Republican 36 says:

      When African Americans dare to challenge the Republican enacted statutes limiting their right to vote in North Carolina and Texas (and elsewhere) they are "ridiculed" and, in essence, told to "go back to the plantation" by the Republican Party.

      Just so we are on the same page, when Chief Justice Roberts handed down the decision in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, which gutted the Voting Rights Act, the Republican majorities in the Texas and North Carolina legislatures began enacting statutes that suppressed the turn out among African Americans within two hours after the Shelby decision was announced.

      I've always thought that those who want to govern should stand before those they want to govern and offer the voters, all the voters, their view of the present and their plans for the future and then let all of the voters elect one of the candidates. Don't you? Attempting to pass laws that eliminate certain groups of voters or severely undermine their ability to vote is a cynical point of view and at bottom only moves the country in the wrong direction by disenfranchising voters which, if they are allowed to stand, only alienates people from  American society. 

      The Colorado Republicans have tried to do the same thing here. Silly me for thinking Mr. Glenn has been hoodwinked by the Republican Party. 

      • mamajama55 says:

        Bingo, R36.

        The recent attempts to suppress votes of blacks, latinxs, and poor people in general were led entirely by the Republican party, in TX, NC, and across the nation.

        If y'all were truly the "Party of Lincoln," as you claim, would you not welcome the votes of racial minorities, instead of trying your hardest to suppress them?

        Darryl Glenn has no answer for this question.


      • BlueCat says:


        But it's the cutest pic of Glenn I've ever seen and I'd recommend he use it on all his campaign lit.

  3. Genghis says:


    Well now, that should put at ease the minds of Republicans who may have been worried that they chose the wrong candidate for a seat that not so long ago was considered easy GOP pickins.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    I've wondered why Glenn has been so hard to see.

    And now, with the picture on this post, I can only wish to UNSEE it.


  5. waagosh says:

    So he is gay.  I cannot see any way he will win the LGBT vote.

  6. ohwilleke says:

    Credit where credit is due.  

    The Colorado GOP has run more African-Americans as their nominees for federal and state political offices in the state than the Republican party in almost any other state, particularly relative to the percentage of the population in Colorado that is African-American.  For example, this election cycle, an African-American is also running on the GOP ticket for CD 1 (admittedly a hopeless challenge), and more than one African-American was a candidate in the free for GOP U.S. Senate nomination race.

    In much of the nation, the GOP has become a white nationalist party.  But, Colorado's GOP leadership gave Trump the cold shoulder during nomination season and instead backed a Hispanic candidate (Ted Cruz), and has defied this national trend to be far more inclusive than the party as a whole (which had the lowest percentage of African-American delegates to its national convention this year of all time).

  7. notaskinnycook says:

    You're spot on, ohwilleke. When the Republican party was formed, it was a natural fit for freedmen and their descendants, Then came the Southern Strategy and the GOP has become whiter and whiter every election. I can't imagine what makes them think they'll get a sudden influx of non-white voters this year with The Screaming Yam as their nominee. And that picture is exactly the kind of thing we need a lot more of. Ridicule is the best strategy we've got this year. 

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