| Here's the Denver Post once again yearning for the days when there was a Republican who could be called "moderate" and when the middle point between the two sides could be seen as reasonable:
Ever since Republicans were clobbered at the polls in 2004, giving Democrats control of both houses of the legislature for the first time in 44 years, it has been clear the GOP is out of step with much of Colorado. That drubbing was no small feat since there were more registered Republicans in the state in 2004 than either unaffiliateds or Democrats.
...conveniently forgetting many unaffiliated voters actually thought Bush the Lesser wasn't conservative enough.
We hope the apparent softening on this tuition issue will be followed by similar action on the civil unions bill, killed by Republicans last year, and a more middle-of-the-road GOP in general.
Maybe not. Here's the Colorado GOP shilling for big energy firms and promoting ignorance with the help of ALEC.
A moderate Republican party would be a voice for many Coloradans who hold centrist views that fall on the GOP side of the spectrum.
If many Coloradans hold centrist views, then the fact that they voted for Democrats significantly more than Republicans should tell us that Democrats hold the common-sense views and policy proposals that most appeal to our voters. Changing demographics, similar to the national situation, won't make things any better for Colorado Republicans.
And it would be a counterbalance to the growing dominance of Democrats, who would have to tack to the middle to remain competitive with moderate Republicans.
...only in the most fervent dreams of a non-commital Op-Ed page that still employs radical Republicans like Mike "Obama is a socialist" Rosen and Vince "Karl Rove is my hero" Carroll.
Then the great evasion of most big-time journalists who can't quite force themselves to admit Republicans have fallen off the crazy wagon even after forcing our national dialogue to the right for many years - the "both sides do it" dodge.
Wait for it.........
In short, it would be good for Colorado to have diversified representation that reflects the broad middle of Colorado sentiment, not its far left and right.
The truth is that the far-right in Colorado is firmly placed in office by an electorate that believes it has succeeded only because of its unique determination and Galtian view on life. They hate government and want people in office who also hate it and work fervently to make sure it doesn't work.
The far-left can only dream of having a few office holders who actually represent their views.
I think both sides can agree: that'll never be how the Denver Post sees it.