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Liddick: Voting the GOP ticket

by Morgan Liddick

As election day nears, it’s useful to keep in mind what politicians think about you, personally. So let’s all remember that John Hickenlooper, the Man Who Would Be Governor, thinks you’re a bunch of snaggle-toothed rubes, since you aren’t residents of that Colorado Elysium, the Denver-Boulder metroplex. He’s said so, publicly.

The president says you’ve been scared stupid because you haven’t yet embraced his revealed vision of a government-run America, full of folks eternally grateful for the boons he and his liberal partners have extracted from the productive and successful among us. That the problem may not be an underappreciation of his genius, but profound doubts about the nation’s course, is a possibility not even worthy of consideration in the rarefied atmosphere of Planet Obama.

The car metaphor the president has been using in an attempt to deflect blame for a sputtering economy has gotten a little old. He might try the following instead. The Chevy Volt, touted as the savior of General Motors, has a price tag of $41,000 and is not the all-electric car we were once led to believe; it will go all of 35 miles on battery power before the gasoline engine takes over. The Nissan Leaf, a new all-electric vehicle with similar seating capacity, averages over 100 miles on a charge and costs about 25 percent less.

Guess which car the Democrats backed with your money?

Yes, it’s that time in the political calendar when we actually get to decide who’s going to be in charge for the next couple of years. The above are only a couple of the vignettes that you ought to have in mind as you wield the franchise.

I have only a few suggestions for this season. First, vote. You can’t complain if you don’t, and if anything, the past two years has provided ample evidence that we all have skin in this game. Second, those who do not share your political views are not – with very few exceptions – motivated by evil intent. They are misguided, not the spawn of Satan, and you can have reasonable conversations with them – provided they show up – without losing your soul or resorting to fisticuffs. Keep it clean.

Third, I’m voting for the following, for the reasons I indicate. Do as seems best to you.

For governor, Tom Tancredo. I know, I know, he’s not technically a Republican, but he’s certainly more so than John Hickenlooper, who obviously wants to be Governor of the Left-Thinking Communities of the Front Range. As for Dan Maes, well … perhaps he’s the reason some Denverites want to set up their extraterrestrial greeting committee now.

For senator, Ken Buck. At least he says what’s on his mind, which usually has to do with limiting government, following the law and living within one’s means. When you can find his opponent, His Appointedness strikes the listener as being incapable of a straight answer to anything more complex than “are you comfortable?” And even then, the response smells of focus-group testing. Furthermore, Mr. Buck will be a senator for Coloradans. Given his voting record, his opponent seems more a Senator for the White House. 80498, 80424, 80443 and the like, or 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Your choice.

For Colorado House District 56, Deborah Irvine. If our part of Colorado is going to deal effectively with the changes that are looming over us like a five-month-old rotten, windblown cornice, old ways of thinking and comfortable patterns of behavior are going to have to go. Ms. Irvine has new ideas, informed by living and working in a number of other countries. She’s a political neophyte, but fresh eyes may be more beneficial that the shovel-more-money-on-the-problem approach of her opponent. True, Ms Scanlan’s latest flyer makes her sound like a Republican, but “borrowing” only makes the contrast with her opponent more evident.

It also adds to the question of independence: in her first legislative term, Ms. Scanlan appeared to be joined at the hip to Dan Gibbs, and to be marching in lockstep with her party’s leadership. 88 percent of her votes were party-line.

In the US District 2, Stephen Bailey. At least he has a sensible take on dealing with the national dept. and yearly deficits. His opponent offers bromides. Realistically, Mr. Polis will probably be re-elected, since he has the benefit of two great resources: Boulder and enormous personal wealth. Question: Why is Plutocracy never questioned when in service to liberal causes? Answer: For the same reason drowning elections in a flood of union money is unexceptionable, while any hint of business largess is the death-knell of democracy. Exitus acta probit …

And don’t forget to vote for John Minor for Sheriff. I know he has no opponent, but check the box anyway. You know you want to …

Summit County resident Morgan Liddick pens a Tuesday column. E-mail him at Also, comment on this column at

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