I found a couple of articles at SoapBlox Colorado regarding more fun with Tom Tancredo. If you are a member of the Republican party, don’t you really want to reign this guy in? He’s so extreme, so blatantly bigoted, so plainly insane that he can’t help but hurt your party..
Anyway, the first article is about the war of words between Denver Mayor Hickenlooper and Tancredo regarding Immigration. Basically, Tancredo sent a letter to Hickenlooper saying he believes Denver is a safe haven for illegal immigrants. Hickenlooper fires back that, if Tancredo wants to help funnel federal money into the state, then authorities will have more money to try and stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the city.
The story alludes to the growing rumblings inside the Republican party, as they try to strattle the line of wooing Latino voters while flying the anti-immigration flag. Tancredo never helps their cause, continually being a thorn in the side and refusing to toe the party line.
Gotta give Tancredo some props. He has the amazing ability to enrage both Democrats and Republicans.
As entertaining as that is, the next story is even worse. Apparently, Tancredo just can’t overcome his intolerance, this time while working with an interfaith group to try to come up with a “joint statement about religion, terrorism and retaliation (via DenverPost.com). Tancredo actually ended up causing more harm than good. From the same article:
“To me, the problem is not where the statement broke down,” said Joyce Rubin of the Denver office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), part of the interfaith group.
“The problem is that Congressman Tancredo continues to characterize and blame a whole religion and a whole group of people based on the actions of a few extremists and hasn’t apologized for it,” Rubin said.
I hope that the ADL isn’t holding their collective breath waiting for an apology from Tancredo. If there’s one thing that Tancredo has been consistent about, it’s his assuredness that he is right, and everyone else is wrong. He’s not just a racist, he’s a self-righteous racist. He is not going to change his views or beliefs for anyone. And he’s definitely not going to apologize for what he believes is right.