Here’s a question for you: Which city raised more for Republican presidential candidates during the first quarter of this year, Boulder or Colorado Springs? You already know the answer, don’t you? I wouldn’t bother to ask the question if the answer were obvious.
To recapitulate: State Rep. Larry Liston gets caught sending a foolishly inflammatory e-mail, and then his Democratic counterpart Mike Merrifield gets tripped up by one as well. And before them there was Rep. Jim Welker, who made a habit of forwarding right-wing, faintly racist screeds to fellow legislators, lobbyists and members of the public.
Now that the municipal election is history, it’s time to pay attention to 2008. We could, I suppose, do the usual — write columns, pontificate, complain, praise, blame and generally do the impotent journalist thing … but it’s time for a change! What about really mixing it up — being part of the process, participating fully in our precious American democracy? Elected office? Been there, done that. But how about trying to become a delegate to the national convention and help choose the woman or man who will lead our country for the next four years?
As Kermit the Frog used to say, “It’s not easy being green.” Substitute “a journalist” for green and that’s a fair description of those who toil in the Fourth Estate. We’re too liberal, too biased, too ignorant, and/or obviously incompetent. We get stories wrong or we just make ’em up. We need to be replaced with folks who are more conservative, less biased and a lot smarter.
It’s nice to know that all these candidates have nicely inflated egos. And you can bet that political consultants across our great nation have settled on ‘leadership’ as a positive buzzword, a content-less assertion that pleases voters.
If there was ever an issue guaranteed to twist right-thinking conservatives into convoluted knots, the Army’s proposed Pinon Canyon expansion is it. Here’s some background. Twenty years ago, the Army acquired 230,000 acres in southeastern Colorado for use as a “maneuver area.” Colorado lawmakers trumpeted the acquisition as key to protecting Fort Carson from closure, pointing out that few, if any, Army posts would have such an asset.
Make a guess — how many quasi-legitimate presidential candidates have surfaced so far? Don’t bother to guess — the list of those who actually show up in national polls is in the box in the far-right column. Nine Democrats, 12 Republicans — proving that Republicans are both more entrepreneurial and more delusional than Democrats. More to the point, which of them have a shot at the brass ring? It’s still early, of course, but both parties appear to have a Big Three, and then there’s everyone else.
All politics, all the time! At least, that’s how it feels if, like me, you’re a political junkie blundering through the blogosphere. It’s as if you’ve wandered into a huge, geeky party where everyone is articulate, analytical, argumentative and obsessively political. It’s as addictive as daytime television, or supermarket tabloids, or golf, or fly-fishing or … well, let’s not go there.
If ever you wanted an example of multi-generational governmental dysfunction, here it is. In a report recently presented to City Council, which included cost estimates for renovating City Auditorium, this little gem stood out: “In 1922, the City Auditorium was completed for city ownership and operation…. From records available, it does not appear that any major repair or renovation has been performed since its opening.”