Friday, November 5, 2010

Colorado Californicated

Tuesday was a pretty good night for the nation, but a bad night for a blue Colorado still in love with Obama

I admit it, I'm heartbroken over Ken Buck's loss to hateful serial slanderer Michael Bennet.  Ken's mistake was to actually engage citizens in thoughtful conversation, leaving himself open to the inevitable gaffe, as well as soundbite snippets spun out of context by leftwing propagandists.

Democrat Michael Bennet ran a dirty campaign and won ugly, keeping us with two liberal senators.  His election was a victory for fear and smear.  Hiding out and using outside interests to broadcast lies about your opponent worked for him.  Politicians learn quickly, so we will sadly be seeing more of that in future Colorado campaigns.

It wasn't all bad though.  The GOP took back the State House and closed the gap to two in the Senate.  We also repudiated George Soros's effort to buy our Attorney General and Secretary of State for the Dems.  GOP candidates took both.   

Coloradans used to complain about the crazy Texas drivers, but for the past 15 years or so our complaints have been aimed at the Californication of our state.

Our new governor, John cHickenlooper, is an Obama fanboy.  He gushed all over enviro-socialist Van Jones, calling him a rock star, and the liberals fleeing the mess they made in California voted for him en mass.  We are slowly becoming California East.  How long before I need some special permit to buy shotgun shells?

A Colorado commenter at the site summed it all up...

Colorado's drift from a society of relatively self-sufficient entrepreneurs, fiercely independent individualists, and productive citizens towards an increasingly liberal position began when its rugged beauty was opened up to all by those same original entrepreneurs.

The mountain resorts of Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Steamboat, Winter Park, Arapaho Basin, Keystone, Crested Butte, Telluride, Glenwood Springs, and so many others began with entrepreneurs. What followed were the pleasure-seekers, the rent-seekers, and eventually the looters.
The City and County of Boulder (rather the People's Republic of Boulder) slapped a building moratorium on new housing. The result was a massively distorted real estate market with housing prices skyrocketing, long-time, middle class residents becoming increasingly unable to pay their property taxes, and the only people able to afford housing became the highly-paid professors at the University of Colorado, the trust-funders who wanted to live like Mork and Mindy, and the high tech execs whose companies in the area were booming. The vast majority of the rest were SOL.

The once-self-sufficient majority had been replaced by those who drift into such locales seeking to feel good about the political correctness of their surroundings, and they bred and multiplied to the point that much of the state is now under the control of sort of a junior varsity version of those who Californicated the Golden State.

You can read the original piece that spurred these excellent comments at

On a positive note, the GOP made historic gains in state houses all across the nation...
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that Democrats had the worst night in state legislative seats since 1928. With races outstanding in New York, Washington and Oregon, Republicans have flipped at least 14 chambers, and have unified control of 25 state legislatures. They have picked up over five hundred state legislative seats, including over 100 in New Hampshire alone.

This hurts Democrats in two ways. First, it wipes out the prospective farm team for future runs for Congress and statewide office.
But more importantly, it allows a party to control the decennial redistricting. 

 Not only have we kicked over the Democrat Old Guard, we have seized the future.  Want to see conservatism in action?  Look to the states.


Lisa said...

I found a great statement regarding California adn this president . I need to share it:

"It's not like we didn't have California. California is the biggest liberal failure test tube in the nation and yet Americans fell for the emotional diatribe of the most elitist campaign in American history. Never before has one man been so marveling in his delivery of such nonsense. The select few of us who saw passed this convict are here to say we told you so, so let me just say, we told you so."

Mr Beardsley said...

While watching the ticker on the morning news I happened to notice that the people of Pueblo voted heavily democrat. I guess it is now Denver, Boulder, and Pueblo vs the rest of the state.

Proof said...

After Californication come the STDs.:
Serious Taxation and Deficits.

Leticia said...

I was very disappointed about Colorado as well, but we must remember they can always be voted out later on.

Arkansas spoke loud in clear and I have never been happier. Granted we still kept our Democrat governor but he is not as bad as Blanche Lincoln was. And she is out!

God bless America.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I have to admit it, SF. I've always kind of been an admirer of Jerry Brown (the fact that he's often been hard to pigeon-hole - once going as far as to hire Art Laffer as a consultant in 1992). I actually voted for him in the 1980 CT Presidential primary. But I do have to admit it. I'm very hard pressed to see how he and a Democratic legislature are going to get California out of its current mess (I mean, sure, they could raise taxes some more, but that'll just cause more people to move). VERY HARD PRESSED.

Trestin said...

I was surprised to see Colorado go the way it did. There has also been a large migration of Californians to Utah, but most of them are conservatives fleeing progressivestan.

Silverfiddle said...

The Bennett people convinced women voters that if they were raped Ken Buck would personally make sure they carried the baby to term and took care of it to adulthood. The average Colorado "educated woman voter" is not very smart...

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