For those who have been paying attention as much as having a half an eye open while trying to sleep, it’s no surprise to hear that virtually every conversation I’ve had in the past several days about the Colorado governor’s race (and it’s no small number) inevitable lands on the word “disaster.” Yes, disaster. Polling numbers bear out what intuition tells us.
We’ve got a Republican primary that will yield either the ethically tainted (but finally agreed to return the $300,000) Scott McInnis or the UN bicycle plot Dan Maes as the gubernatorial nominee. Thrown into the mix is the American Constitution Party’s wildcard Tom Tancredo, who certainly won’t get out while either McInnis or Maes remains in the fray.
Discussing the matter on Facebook — whether among those who have liked the Undervote in the GOP primary or not — I’ve joined others at the conclusion that the only chance to redeem the situation is to replace the primary winner (provided he agrees to step down) with a wealthy, credible candidate who can self-fund.
Two names that have made sense thus far are Marc Holtzman and Tom Wiens. Interestingly, Wiens tells Politico today that he is eyeing the race. All the right things are said by the right people in the story. Reading between the lines, I surmise that many parties are working together behind the scenes to push McInnis across next Tuesday’s primary finish line and rally support behind someone like Wiens.
Will it work? Who knows, but it’s a longshot worth considering at this point. (If Maes is the nominee, then never mind.) How Tom Tancredo might respond to such a move will go a long way toward determining whether this scenario — as I see it unfolding — has a reasonable chance at success. (And helps to bolster the chances of key down-ticket races like Secretary of State candidate Scott Gessler, who finally has an important, high-profile issue with which to go after the incumbent Democrat: disenfranchising military voters.)