I have often thought that the worst Republican is always better than the best Democrat. I often thought that a third party in the American political system was a good idea, and I have apologized many, many times for voting for Ross Perot.
During the Clinton administration I started to understand
the idea of coalition politics, and how the majority rules realities work within the U.S. Congress. I started listening to Mike Rosen on KOA, and quickly became a fan. Mike’s “Party trumps person“ philosophy reinforced my growing understanding of how our system works. And the “majority rules” idea took on a whole new meaning.
Now having said this some readers are probably rolling
their eyes and grumbling that I might be a Dan Maes fan. And I am. Early in the campaign I had several conversations with Dan. We agreed on some of the issues that were important to me. Two of the things that liked about Dan were that he wasn’t a career politician and he wasn’t being heaved upon us by the party. Two of the things that scared me about Dan were that he wasn’t a career politician and he didn’t have the party support. Nonetheless, Dan went though the caucus and assembly process and won the Republican primary, and deserves the support of the Republican Party of Colorado, and those registered Republicans in Colorado.
If Tom Tancredo had gone though the caucus and assembly process he likely would be the Republican candidate on this gubernatorial ballot. But his prediction that Dan Maes couldn’t win became a self fulfilling prophecy the moment he entered the race as a third party candidate.
I have spent much of the last two days reading blogs,
comments and emails to this website and combing through the associated email accounts and have discovered that support for Dan and Tom is split amongst the members. I support Dan Maes and I know that Fredrick Lindner did as well. As to the support and/or endorsement from the Arapahoe Tea Party I am not sure what to do.
In this case, I believe that the worst Republican beats the best John Hickenlooper.
And a vote for Tom Tancredo, gives us…the Ross Perot effect.