Call the Gazette rude. Call the Gazette petty and disrespectful. But whatever you do, don’t call the Gazette bipartisan. That would be a real slap in the face to the no-Democrat-is-a-good-Democrat folks in charge of the op/ed pages at the conservative Colorado Springs daily newspaper.
Case in point: U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard has joined the likes of U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn, Marilyn Musgrave and Mark Udall, and state Rep. Paul Weissmann, to try to save the official photograph of President Bill Clinton hanging, along with the rest of the presidents, in the state capitol. The National Archives, which owns the picture, wants it back after a 10-year loan.
The Gazette weighed in this weekend with its snarky opinion of the whole matter – making it perfectly clear that they would rather leave a blank hole on the wall then look at a picture of the 42nd President of the United States. This is what they had to say, in its entirety:
“They can have it, as far as we’re concerned.
A tug of war has flared up over a portrait of former President Bill Clinton that hangs in Colorado’s Statehouse but belongs to the national archives, which is demanding its return. Sen. Wayne Allard, Rep. Doug Lamborn and others have been fighting to keep the portrait here, fearing a noticeable gap in the Hall of Presidents.
But they shouldn’t bother. Leaving the space blank would be a fitting tribute, we think, to a president who disgraced the office.
And who knows? If we wait a few years, maybe we can just hang a Clinton family portrait (minus Chelsea) in the Hall of Presidents instead.”