In the wake of the rather robust trouncing Republicans sustained in the last election, pundits have been unable to stop gloating about how the GOP’s drubbing is a result of the party faithful attacking its own in a head-long dive to the right. In essence, their argument is that the Republican party might not lose crucial races if they didn’t spend so much time demanding “ideological purity” from candidates and incumbents.
With this in mind, we can’t wipe the collective grin off of our faces when we see the foaming-at-the-mouth attacks being leveled against Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Denver) from his own base over his position on oil and gas development in Colorado.
ProgressNow Colorado, a left-wing shill group funded by extremists like Tim Gill, recently sent an “alert” to their e-mail list urging their minions to “…tell Governor Hickenlooper to stand up for Colorado’s water and families, not out-of-state energy companies…”
While we never shy away from a chance to confront the Colorado Governor about the silly things he does or does not do with his time, we must admit that his position on oil and gas development in general — and hydraulic fracturing in particular — has been rather reasonable so far.
Although we wish he spent more time demanding access to federal lands for responsible development, we’re happy to admit that on this one issue, the Governor is mostly correct.
With ProgressNow and other hatchet groups ramping up their attacks on their hand-picked governor, we will be curious to see how Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) handle this issue in the current legislative session, as both men obviously have ambitions for higher office.
Here’s hoping the quirky beer-making geologist from Denver stands his ground in the face of a rather ticked off wing of his base.