Last week, in speculating on the potential surprises in next month’s elections, I wondered if Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo could prevail in the Colorado gubernatorial contest. He trailed Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper by only 4 points.
. . . on a radio show clip about the gay community, dug up by Complete Colorado, Hickenlooper let slip a sentiment that isn’t likely to help him in the more conservative, rural parts of the state he must win over. When asked by the radio host Eden Lane why the Matthew Shepard Foundation had chosen to locate in Denver, Hickenlooper responded:
Hickenlooper: I think a couple things, I mean, you know, the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.
(Via Instapundit.) There may well be some backwards thinking in rural Western areas, but a man running to govern them, well, just doesn’t say such things. And, as I do recall, the creeps who murdered Matthew Shepard were actually from Laramie, not the largest of towns to be sure, but not entirely rural. According to Wikipedia, over 27,000 people live in the town.
Might have served Hickenlooper better just to condemn those creeps rather than suggest that that they are representative of rural regions of the state he seeks to helm.
Don’t think this will help Hickenlooper in those “backwards-thinking” rural regions. And they may vote for the candidate most likely to prevent him from winning the Governor’s chair. And that, my friends, is Tom Tancredo.
UPDATE: “Nothing“, Ed Morrissey quips, “says ‘sophisticate’ quite like running down the rubes who live in the sticks, does it?”