How Conservative Do You Want Your Colorado?

Posted on September 9, 2010 by


As the clock till November slowly winds down in colorful Colorado, the gubernatorial race is just beginning to heat up. Yet, the heat (media) surrounding the race is rather off topic than what most voters would expect this close to the election. More specifically, there are fewer discussions about policy and what each candidate has proposed for our troubled state and more accusations about who should be in the race.

In what can be touted as one of the more complex governor’s races in the states history there are two questions that will be prevalent in almost every discussion; 1) is Colorado a democratic or republican state? And 2) does the GOP have a chance in gaining a victory?

Who Is Actually Running For Governor?Although the questions appear rhetorical, their implications for the future of Colorado are not. Our questions can be answered in three separate forms—or two depending on how one relates the ACP with the GOP— Mayor Hick, GOP stepchild Dan Maes and the always humble yet determined Tom Tancredo. All three claim to know what’s best for the future of our state and are aptly ready to demonstrate their dedication to the voters, all is well and great…not.

Currently there seems to be some apprehension on how the choice will be made if we are represented by the red or the blue. The democratic platform is proudly represented by Denver’s current Mayor John Hickenlooper who secured the democratic primary with ease, and why not? Everyone knows him as the proud liberal he is and what he has done to reshape Denver on a national scene. On the other hand a strange race involving candidates Tancredo and Maes is underway, sort of.

Over the recent two months almost all of what has been reported by the Denver Post has been about Maes and his being forced out of the GOP platform. Yet he is not being forced out by his own terms, terms that he is sick of explaining to everyone (almost every voter and supporter both current and past in the GOP) who are baffled by his endurance. Yet he goes on with a clear message, “This is a culture war, a culture war between the people and the machine and we’re going to find out who controls things,” Maes said. “I am not getting out of the race.”
Read more: Maes loses support from GOP, grassroots; vows to stay in race – The Denver Post

Do I Look Better in Red or Blue, Colorado Asks?

Defiant and determined is how we like our conservatives in this nation, but in this state we aren’t going to have one to admire if Maes doesn’t make a decision about his candidacy. Simply put, if Maes doesn’t drop out like he was asked to do the conservative vote will be split between him and Tancredo which will result in the most statewide votes going to candidate Hickenlooper, which the GOP of Colorado is not ready for. But the question is not for them, it is for us, the voters. Yet the backup plan of the GOP—back Tancredo—seems to be working. After all, Tancredo has steadily been able to gain campaign financing and is conservative enough for the GOP to call him their own.
After leaving the GOP for the American Constitutional Party, Tancredo still contends that ultimately the conservative platform should be left up to him, and maybe he is right. Not surprisingly, Maes is going to continue to attempt to have a decent campaign and to save face on his political career, but he should listen to those in authority and scat?The issues and policies he represented, with a little fine tuning, can be spoken by Tancredo too a T for the GOP. Which begs our next question of is this state colored red or blue? Well the answer is a bit ambiguous, involves a bit of history and is a bit irrelevant right now.
Initially I thought that Colorado was traditionally leaning conservative. But it turns out that the other two-thirds (the metro area) are split with Denver in the middle. Our unique situation is one that is drawn as a liberal oriented capital city, surrounded by a little of both sides to the outstretches of complete conservatism. How can we all be happy, from the ranchers, farmers, miners and other industrial based industries that exemplify the eastern and western slopes; to the conservative baby boomers lined up one by one in the form of our affluent suburbs complimented by young liberal families wondering why there aren’t more ethnic races being represented in their neighborhoods; to the true blue liberals going fanatic for bike to work day and other notions of being liberal that “define Denver” and they hope some day define the state. Honestly though, are we tyring to set a state record for most democratic govenors in a state that could use a bit of confidence about itself? I think the voters are going to go back to what they know best, good ol’ fashioned conservatism.
A bizarre bunch indeed represent our wonderful state and now we just need to decide who is going to color in the rest for us. And since our state is in a bit of a bind (understatement) we better hope that whoever we pick decides to color inside the lines.