Rep. Cory Gardner is the young star of the Colorado Republican Party and is generally considered the party’s best hope (sorry, Randy and Ken and Greg and Scott and rest of the gang) to become a senator or governor some day.
But here’s a tip: You can’t be Ted Cruz and also be governor/senator in Colorado. We don’t elect grandstanders to statewide office in Colorado (see: Tancredo, Tom).
In his brief appearance at an Obamacare hearing Wednesday, Gardner went all green eggs and ham on us, waving his poor tired insurance-cancellation letter at HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, though he apparently didn’t bring the Colorado Independent story showing he almost certainly doesn’t have to pay double for a new policy. And he also brought to the hearing his Brosurance-kegger prop and demanded to know if Sebelius approved of such hijinks — even though he knew and she knew and we knew she had nothing to do with the ad.
The reviews were not good. The Atlantic called Gardner Frat Guy. The Washington Post called his questions weird. And Slate said he looked like Batman’s sidekick grown up, leading me to wonder, though, if that was too kind. Did he look grown up to you?
Gardner is a talented young guy who should have a great future. I’m thinking, though, he needs a different role model. Because if you wonder why Republicans are having so much trouble in this state, all you have to do is watch Gardner’s performance. And consider, he’s supposed to be the best they’ve got.