Saturday's Greeley Tribune discusses the lack of support for Congressman Tom Tancredo from the rest of the Colorado delegation in his turf war with Diana DeGette.
Requests for comments from Coloradans on Capitol Hill were either declined outright or were felled by "busy schedules."
It's just one piece of the GOP's larger struggle with Tom Tancredo, whose readily-conceded fixation with illegal immigrants turned him into a pariah during Bush's first term. Tancredo's inflammatory rhetoric nevertheless gained tremendous support in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, readily evidenced by the manifold growth of his Immigration Reform Caucus.
Colorado GOP Chairman Bob Martinez, whose "job it is to support the President," has called on Tancredo and other local officials to "back off" criticism of the President's fairly liberal immigration reform agenda, while Bob Beauprez and Wayne Allard have both found it expedient to make controversial anti-immigrant comments of their own.
If that seems a little contradictory to you, we're inclined to agree. With demographics in America shifting strongly towards Hispanics as a decisive voting bloc, while an angry backlash from the "White Right" fuels the rise of deeply controversial figures like Tancredo, one can easily see two potential outcomes (among many):
1) The GOP, led by the pro-immigrant Bush machine, exiles Tancredo and his following to a ten-mile strip along the Mexican border.
2) The GOP is taken over by Tancredo and his caucus, which many experts believe would amount to demographic suicide (see above).
With that, we'll open the floor for debate.