What a telling week this may turn out to be in the race for Colorado’s governor and state legislature. In the wake of an overreaching decision from the state Supreme Court:
1. Marc Holtzman’s campaign slips further into irrelevancy by clinging to judicial activism in order to stay alive. His lawyers – one of whom argued before the Supreme Court to have Defend Colorado Now’s initiative removed from the ballot – are calling on a judge to loosely interpret the law to allow him on the ballot in the first place.
2. Bill Ritter’s campaign may want to reconsider its very loud and leadership-lacking “no comment” on this very important and momentous issue.
3. Bob Beauprez, the Republican choice for governor, has been out in front on the immigration measure. He quickly and decisively condemned the decision and called on Governor Owens to call a special session.
One final note. Observe the different political analyses with which the two major dailies ended their respective stories, and decide for yourself which is more accurate. First, the Denver Post:
It’s unclear what party has more to win or lose in a special session because immigration issues cross party lines.
And compare with the Rocky Mountain News:
[Political consultant Katy] Atkinson said the issue has united the Republican Party, torn apart by an ugly gubernatorial primary and other issues.
“There are a lot of people who are genuinely ticked off by the ruling,” she said. “I don’t see how this helps Democrats at all.”
If handled right, the issue works best for the Republican Party and for the state of Colorado, and Bob Beauprez has taken charge.
For a more astute explanation, read Peter Blake’s column today. Spot on.