Terrific: Tancredo threatens to launch third-party bid for Colorado governor

posted at 8:22 pm on July 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

And so, despite tea partiers across America having made peace with the idea of fighting the GOP establishment in primaries instead of via destructive, counterproductive third-party runs, here comes Tanc trading on his grassroots cred to argue, I guess, that the rules should be different for him. Says Baseball Crank, “So, Tom Tancredo wants to be Charlie Crist. Who knew?”

Tancredo, who claims he has a better chance of beating Democrat and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper even in a three-way race, said he wants the GOP nominee to withdraw after the Aug. 10 primary if he’s polling behind Hickenlooper, otherwise he’s jumping in.

Former Rep. Scott McInnis and entrepreneur Dan Maes are running for the GOP nomination. Both are troubled by publicity problems — McInnis for allegedly plagiarizing and Maes for campaign finance violations.

Tancredo’s proposal led Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams to blast the insurgent on a morning radio show out of Denver.

“What’s your agenda? What are you going to talk about? Impeaching (President) Obama and bombing Mecca and all that stuff?” Wadhams asked in a lengthy debate on the Peter Boyles Show on KHOW in Denver…

“You hate the people you’ve got on the ballot. You dislike them both. You don’t trust either one,” Tancredo said, claiming that Wadhams called McInnis “untrustworthy” and Maes “a joke.”

In case you think Hickenlooper’s some sort of lock to win against the current GOP candidates in the race, Rasmussen’s latest has him up two points against McInnis and three points again Maes. Once Tancredo’s in the race, though, and the most conservative voters start peeling off? Figure Hickenlooper leads from anywhere by eight to 10. Simply wonderful.

As a sneak preview of what his campaign will look like, here he is last week on Fox News pushing the centrist-pleasing, majority-building argument that Obama should be impeached because he’s more dangerous than Al Qaeda. Megyn Kelly is appropriately aghast, which will no doubt feature prominently in Hickenlooper’s attack ads. I can see ’em now: “Tancredo: Too far right for Fox News.”

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Allah, are you saying it is better to let one of the GOP corruptocrats to to win, then stand up for honesty and integrity? Who cares if the GOP wins, if they are just as corrupt as their opponents?

paulsur on July 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM

The only thing the Democrat party has going for it this year: the Republican party.

Congratulations, Governor Hickenlooper.

Tres Angelas on July 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

we didn’t go for Kennedy because of that ‘3rd party fear thing’…& we got RINO Scotty Brown.
We knew what Scot B. was but we needed to turn Massivetaxes a different color.

NO…I am sorry…get fkng over it…
A 3rd party is the only way to keep the RINO’s out!!

lobosan5 on July 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM

You forgot the wizard suit AP.

Sultry Beauty on July 27, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Tom Tancredo is a great guy, but this just really messes up more what was already becoming a mess. The Tea Party people here have been trying to convince him not to do it, without much luck. We got our mail-in ballots this week, and this has already thrown a wrench into the process. If he wanted to be in the race, he should have done it the right way. He’s know McInnis for years, I’m sure none of this surprises him.

McInnis and Maes are disappointing, but either one is better than yet another liberal tree-hugger governor. We need limited, fiscally-conservative government, less regulation for oil and gas companies, and more help for business.

So yes, it’s better to have a somewhat corrupt Republican than a spend it all Democrat.

Common Sense on July 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I like Tom Tancredo’s politics and agree with him on most issues. But I heard him arguing with Megan Kelly on Fox where he called Obama “more dangerous than Bin Laden”-a statement which is quite true. However, it is one thing for an anonymous blogger such as MaiDee to state such an opinion and quite another for a public figure such as Tancredo.

If Tancredo actually runs as a third party candidate he will actually virtually guarantee the success of the enemy (I cannot call socialists “the opposition”-they are in every respect “enemies”).

Therefore I am beginning to redefine Tancredo as a “loose cannon”.

MaiDee on July 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM