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Thursday, July 28, 2005


unapologetic Tancredo for President

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, July 28, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
I have yet to see Tom Tancredo (R-CO) denounced by mainstream leaders of the Republican party for his comments about bombing Mecca. In fact, Tancredo went on the Savage Nation radio show to talk with Michael Savage and promote himself. It seems that Tancredo also harbors Presidential ambition:


Tancredo considers
White House bid
Congressman to run if no other Republican takes on border issue
Posted: March 28, 2005
8:35 p.m. Eastern

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., fresh from victory in three online presidential straw polls over formidable candidates, told Joseph Farah's radio audience today he would run for president in 2008 if no other Republican candidate takes the border issue seriously.

"I'll tell you what," he said, "if no one else does it, I will do it."

Tancredo is the head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus and has challenged his own party's president on the issue of an insecure border and his proposed "guest worker" proposal.

Longshot? nope. Polling by a firm that worked for Bush-Cheney '04 suggests that Tancredo has large conservative Republican grassroots support:

In an inventive online straw poll of 64 possible Republican presidential candidates, Tancredo has blown away three high-profile opponents and is heading to the final eight showdown matching up Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Bill Frist, Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice and J.C. Watts.

In earlier contests, Tancredo knocked off former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain in the first round, talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh in the second and Sen. John Thune in the third round. He now faces Barbour to make it to the final four.

The poll is organized by a St. Louis Republican survey company that specializes in automated polling. Survey Saint Louis has been commissioned by Bush-Cheney '04, the Republican National Committee and several statewide candidates in Missouri.


The leaders might not of, but most major conservative blogs (with the exception of LaShawn Barber) have layed into Tancredo. I've done two posts blasting the idea of blasting Mecca.



I agree that the conservative blogsphere has largely done the right thing. But that's just not good enough.

Maybe your calling for the GOP leaders to condemn Tancredo would be more effective than me doing so. Their present silence, however, speaks volumes.


Calling for apologies.

When Reid and Dean tell Durbin to apologize for comparing troops to Nazis, I'll feel we're behind the tide.

But right now it seems the extremes of both parties are being ignored by their leadership instead of reprimanded.

FWIW, I have called for voters to vote against Tancredo in his district. I am not a resident there, so maybe my input is not sought after. Personally, I would prefer Tancredo not be in the party and I suspect he may pull a Buchanan or Perot and become independent before too long.

- Adam C


I personally believe Tancredo's statements on bombing the religious sites showed bad judgement.

On the other hand, Tancredo's stand on immigration is more in line with the views of the American people than those of George Bush or Howard Dean.

You can confirm that by checking any major poll on the immigration issue within the last decade.


I personally believe Tancredo's statements on bombing the religious sites showed bad judgement.

On the other hand, Tancredo is far more in sync with the American people on immigration policy than George Bush or Howard Dean are.

You can confirm that by checking any major poll on the immigration issue within the last decade.

They generally even show that most liberal Democrats want stricter immigration policies.

Not surprising since that is the pro labor position, one that has been abandoned by the Democratic leadership. (for which they will pay a very heavy price politically)


The other important point is this:

The fact that the Democratic and Republican parties are out of step with the public on immigration policy would not be a political liability for them so long as immigration was not a high profile issue among the public.

That is changing. Illegal immigration has become such a severe crisis, affecting people throughout the country, that a popular uprising is brewing.

So long as the political parties are in denial on this (and Howard Dean's recent statements are a striking affirmation of that fact), they are setting themselves up for political oblivion.





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