Littwin: Yes, send down the troops, Bob

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ob Beauprez has done it again. He talked. And you know what happens whenever Beauprez opens his mouth.

That’s right. He reminds us why he lost by 17 points the last time he ran for governor.

This time, he went on the new, but not improved, Peter Boyles show (Latino-talk alert) and was asked what he’d do if Rick Perry asked him to send Colorado National Guard troops to stand alongside the Texas National Guard at the border, presumably to fight off the 9-year-old Guatemalans mustering there.

And channeling his inner Tom Tancredo, Beauprez said that, of course, he would send them right away.

But, of course, he wouldn’t. Because it would be about 30 steps above his pay grade. As Beauprez’s campaign staff quickly, uh, clarified, he would send in the troops only on a humanitarian mission, like, I don’t know, getting coffee for the Texans. Of course, Perry has already sent his troops to the border for no good reason — and at an estimated cost of $12 million a month. And he plans to send the bill to the feds — meaning us, the taxpayers — who have pointedly not asked for his assistance.

This is what Beauprez said when Boyles asked if he would send troops to the border: “If Rick Perry or another governor requested it, I would certainly step up and do my part.”

[pullquote]Beauprez fell right in line behind talk-radio host Peter Boyles, giving an absurd answer (the one Boyles wanted to hear) to an absurd question. That’s not exactly leadership.[/pullquote]

This is what anyone else would say: These kids are risking their lives to get to the border and when they get there, they turn themselves in to the first agent they see. Why in the hell would anyone send troops there?

Here’s the funny part. Beauprez was on the show to talk about John Hickenlooper’s so-called leadership deficit and then he fell right in line behind Boyles, giving an absurd answer (the one Boyles wanted to hear) to an absurd question. That would not exactly be leadership.

The real question: Why is Beauprez taking this question at all? Maybe you haven’t noticed, but one of the reasons Republicans keep losing in Colorado — and they’ve lost every top-line election for 10 consecutive years — is that they keep losing the Latino vote, which is only growing larger. And now he’s encouraging Latinos — which went 75 to 23 in Colorado for Obama over Romney — to vote against him in a midterm election.

In sports, we call this an unforced error.

In Colorado politics, we call it a Beauprez.

Let’s go back to 2006 when Denver was engaged in tricky negotiations to get a cop killer extradited from Mexico and Beauprez stepped in to criticize the process, saying he’d visited Mexico and knew all about “Mexican time.” Some snarky columnist back then wondered if the room service at the Acapulco Ritz had been too slow for Beauprez, or if he had just decided that foreign policy should be dictated by his travel agent.

Actually we don’t have to go back that far. We just have to go back to last month when Beauprez told KOA radio host Doug Kellet that if he were governor, he’d join like-minded governors to force Washington to act on immigration.

And if they didn’t act quickly enough for him — you know, like if they were on Mexican time — what then?

“If they won’t do it,” he said of the feds, “governors ought to be allowed to do it, as Jan Brewer tried to do in Arizona.”

As Jan Brewer tried to do in Arizona. Bingo. Another Beauprez.

You remember what Jan Brewer tried to do in Arizona. That’s where they passed a law requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone who looked as if they might not be there legally. This was show-me-your-papers racial profiling at its worst, and the Supreme Court eventually ruled it unconstitutional. Even in Arizona, it can’t be illegal to be brown while walking.

And now Beauprez wants to bring Brewerism to Colorado? Can we get a clarification?

This is the gaffe-o-meter race for governor, and that’s one race in which Beauprez has to be the favorite. Personally, I can’t wait for the debates.

John Hickenlooper had his moment with the Aspen sheriffs caught on tape. Beauprez had his 47 percent moment on video.

Hickenlooper mangled his answer to a question about Nathan Dunlap and clemency. Beauprez approvingly noted that people in Pueblo told him they’d stop any buses bringing border children here to Colorado.

This is the same Beauprez who insisted he had learned his lesson from the trouncing he took in 2006 when it was all Mexican Time and black abortion rates. He certainly hadn’t learned that lesson during his Wilderness Years, when he desperately tried to stay in the news. That’s when he talked about “creeping Sharia” and the “coming civil war.”

And now he wants Colorado voters to know that he’s ready, if elected governor, to call out the troops, for a humanitarian mission, on our dime, to stop the children before any of them might possibly get on a bus headed — gasp — our way.

[ Photo: Shantytown Mexico by the BBC. ]


  1. Peter Boyle’s “Latino Talk Alert”. Beauprez “channeling his inner Tancredo”. I’m still laughing. One of your best pieces yet Mike. Keep em coming.

  2. Mr. Littwin doesn’t have a dog in this fight, he simply dislikes Mr. Beauprez more than he dislikes Governor Hickenlooper.

    This column is less about the race for governor than it is about June 24, 2014 when Mr. Littwin wrote:

    “This is the day on which Republicans should be nominating someone in the race for governor who could reasonably challenge incumbent John Hickenlooper.

    But, of course, they won’t. Because there’s no one in the four-way field who can.

    Here are the possible scenarios for the Republican nominee: It could be a disaster (Tom Tancredo) or a snooze (Bob Beauprez) or possibly a long shot’s long shot (Scott Gessler) or maybe (nah, it can’t be him).”

    Mr. Littwin is now facing the distinct possibility that he just may be (gasp!) wrong. That’s what this column is really about.

    It may seem petty to bring up his prediction now but I’ve learned a lot about pettiness from Mr. Littwin. And the name of the game appears to be looking backward to dig up dirt. Plus, his June 24th column only attracted one commenter on the Colorado Independent website which strongly suggests that, including me, only two people actually used the CI website to read it.

    And while, Mr. Littwin does mention that Mr. Beauprez, “lost by 17 points the last time he ran for governor.” he fails to mention not only his June 24th remarks he also fails to mention that polls show the Colorado gubernatorial race to be a toss-up.

    Which is far, far from the “snooze” he so smugly predicted a little over two months ago. That’s not perspiration you see on Mr. Littwin’s brow, it’s flop-sweat.

    Could an appearance by President “We don’t have a strategy” Obama, who won Colorado less than 2 years ago, change the voting dynamic? Absolutely, which is why Governor Hickenlooper will urge him to stay away.

    “But the one thing it was impossible to imagine, back in the giddy days of the 2009 inauguration, as Americans basked in their open-mindedness and pluralism, was that the first African-American president would outsource race.”
    Maureen Dowd August 27, 2014

    “I think Obama understands people’s concerns. After spending the day at the beach, he said, ‘this has been fun but I should really get back to the golf course because priorities are priorities.’”
    Jimmy Fallon

    Veterans Day – November 11, 2014

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