John Ransom

The accounts from Colorado make it seem like something monstrous happened. Late in the game, with the candidate most likely to win the general election for governor there—Bob Beauprez-- trailing a half-committed challenger—Tom Tancredo-- the Republican Governor’s Association put some money into the race. That money swung it for Beauprez, who will now face dead-man-a-walking, John “80’s Haircut” Hickenlooper for the honor to be Colorado’s next governor.

With Democrats acting unimpeachably like Democrats, in Colorado and nationwide, it’s Beauprez's campaign to lose.

But because Beauprez is a former state party chair, former congressman, and former candidate for governor, the Tea Party is outraged that the “establishment”—in this case embodied by the RGA-- dared pick sides in a primary fight.

So here’s my memo to the Tea Party: If you are going to fight the establishment, they are going to fight back. If you don’t expect to mount an adequate defense of your candidate, then don’t pick the fight to begin with.

If you want to win, grow some good, tough candidates, who are willing to do more than preach the virtues of the constitution, and instead will roll the establishment candidates just like David Brat did in Virginia.

Or go grow pot and smoke fatties.

Because here are the facts of the case: Tom Tancredo has been begging for many years for the “establishment” to beat on him. He begged for it in 2010—and I supported him in this—when he ran a third party candidacy for Colorado’s governor after the “establishment” made the GOP primary look like a ten clown-car pile up during rush hour.

He begged for it when he broke with conservatives to help the push for legalized marijuana in Colorado. And he begged for it by campaigning as an outsider, when in fact he voted for TARP too.

He also begged for it when he took the campaign not so seriously this year. He often showed up at events in sweat pants and a ball cap, saying he had just been doing yard work. There were many of us professional observers who thought Tom was not in earnest as a candidate for governor.

Despite what the polls said, we are not surprised that he got beat.

But we now know that Tancredo was in earnest, and that he just got out-hussled.

Internal polls, that were a poorly kept secret, said just a few weeks before the primary that Tancredo was going to win it, and that in doing so, he’d hurt other parts of the GOP ticket statewide. Tancredo, as I said before, ran a third party candidacy against EVERYONE in 2010, and as I said before, I supported that effort.

But not every conservative is as broadminded as I am.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.