Democrats' Best Hope in Colorado Drops Out
One of the great questions heading into the 2010 elections is what Democrats can do to get their base motivated again. While there are several different ...
One of the great questions heading into the 2010 elections is what Democrats can do to get their base motivated again. While there are several different answers to that question, the right answer isn't clear. What is very clear, however, is that Republicans have it within their power to motivate the Democratic base. The simple way to do it: Nominate divisive candidates.
That's the context I was thinking about when I heard that Tom Tancredo, the firebrand former Republican congressman from Colorado, was thinking about running for governor. A Tancredo candidacy certainly would have motivated a certain segment (and perhaps a wide swath) of the Republican base.
However, the possibility of a governor Tom Tancredo would have inspired every Hispanic Democrat who was remotely interested in politics to show up at the polls. It would have inspired a lot of other Democrats too. Complacency after the party's 2008 victories wouldn't have been a problem. And, any Democratic disappointment with the pace of change coming from Washington wouldn't have mattered.
Now, Tancredo has indicated that he's not running for governor. In some election years, that decision might be bad news for Republicans. Scott McInnis, the likely Republican nominee, is not someone with quite as much capacity to motivate the G.O.P. But, in an election year in which the Republicans will be motivated regardless of whom they nominate (almost: see NY-23), I have to think that the G.O.P. has dodged a bullet.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
D.C.'s Generous Paid Family Leave Law Heads to Congress for Approval3 days ago
Florist Broke Law in Refusing Service to Gay Couple, Rules Washington Supreme Court3 days ago
Women Can Ignore Abortion Waiting Period, Rules Florida Supreme Court3 days ago
Amid 2 Years of No Budget in Illinois, 1 Thing Is Certain: State Workers' Paychecks3 days ago
Bridgegate May Not Be Over Yet. Judge Rules Case Against Gov. Christie Can Proceed.3 days ago
A Former DNC Chair Endorses Indiana Mayor for His Old Job3 days ago