Our View: Eating Their Own

January 18, 2013

The left-wing attack group ProgressNow took a shot at Governor Hickenlooper this week for daring to chart a middle ground on hydraulic fracturing

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.

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4 Responses to Our View: Eating Their Own

  1. wrongheifer
    January 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Progressive is just another word for Communist…and Purist is a compliment…

    • Keith Walsh
      January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

      That is insanity to call Progress, Communism…Being a purist is elitist at best :)

  2. January 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    We need to get rid of the 2 party system, it’s outdated, and clearly not working for the Country. We also need term limits, politics should not be a career, it breeds corruption, and it does so very fast. I wish congress would stop trying to make the other “Party” look bad, and make decisions for the good of our Country. I know they would never pass laws that would take away from their “Donations” but Special interest, lobbyist should all be pushed into a deep hole, and burried!

    • Larry
      January 21, 2013 at 12:24 am

      our Constitution says “We The People” but we are now “we the politicians” Political office cannot be a “career” if we are to have a fair and balanced government. We need to get rid of lobbyists. How is it legal in any way, shape or form to bribe elected officials. We also need to get of riders on bills. Most politicians have no idea what is actually in these bills. All they know is what they are told is in them, or at best have some 19 year old intern read them for them. How many democrats said they didn’t know what was actually in Obamacare, and republicans also. Our government is out of control, and it’s up to “We The People” to once again reign in the government of our once great Constitutional Republic we call the United States of America.


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