Dan Maes: "I'm not going anywhere"
Late Wednesday night, Dan Maes updated his Facebook status: “One more time…I am not going anywhere!”
Fellow Peoples Press Collective blogger Ben DeGrow sent this e-mail to a few of us, and it’s worth repeating:
It took a lot of self-restraint for me to resist the snarky reply: “Yes, Dan, we know. We’ve been following your progress in the polls.”
Instead, I left this serious last-ditch plea (let’s see how long it stays up before it’s removed:
“As a conservative, I don’t judge a policy by its good intentions. As a mature adult, I base important decisions not on the basis of past personal grievances but on the practical consequences.
“Everyone needs to get real: The handwriting is on the wall. A vote for Dan Maes is a vote for John Hickenlooper. Maes raised $43,000 in the past month, has committed one gaffe after another, has plummeted in the polls, and hangs the argument for his candidacy on the fact he is running against the establishment before embracing the endorsement of the RNC chairman. The most compelling argument a serious conservative can make to vote for Maes is to avoid the GOP reaching minor party status, but the effects of that pale at the result of having a Democratic governor oversee redistricting.
“I urge the few remaining supporters to reconsider and use whatever influence and moral suasion they have to convince Dan to change his mind on this one. Unless you would rather have a liberal Hickenlooper administration than a conservative (and yes, essentially Republican) Tancredo administration. Just be honest with yourselves, and with the rest of us.”
The responses to Maes’ remark were interesting, if predictible:
Some people said things like “You have kept your word to the people and isn’t that what we need?” and “Dan hang in there and fight!”
Others say “Dan Maes is dead in the water. Go away!” and “Shame on you. Narcissism has no place in politics.”
Perhaps the most common comment theme was an attack on Tom Tancredo, such as noting that he raises a lot of money from out of state (isn’t that better than raising no money anywhere?)
All in all, the thread reinforced my often-stated views that (1) Dan Maes will never get out – because he has nowhere to go, and (2) Hickenlooper wins. It’s impossible for Maes to win – and he shouldn’t win. It’s not impossible for Tancredo to win, but it’s unlikely.
Voters who are more interested in protecting their own egos (by refusing to admit that Maes was never, or at least is not now, worthy of support) will hand the governorship to John Hickenlooper in the election 4 weeks away.
Following William F. Buckley’s rule to support the most conservative electable candidate, it should be obvious to everyone that that means a vote for Tom Tancredo.
For those who simply don’t like Tancredo for whatever substantive reason, such as his position on legal immigration – a position that troubles me – that’s one thing. But for those of you who stick with Dan Maes the same way that they stick with the Broncos, I would suggest that you should rethink your approach. This is not a sport with little impact beyond bragging rights and t-shirt sales. The outcome of this election, especially because of upcoming redistricting, will impact the political fortunes of Republicans for a decade.
Supporting Dan Maes, and thus handing the election to John Hickenlooper, is not simply participating in a Republican and conservative defeat in 2010; it’s also contribution to Republican defeat every two years through the 2020 elections. So, Mr. or Mrs. Maes-supporter, is your ego and Dan Maes’ ego really worth that damage to the state?
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