The Type of Tancredo?

Media’s reflection of Republican presidential nominee is not reflective of the truth.

The Media was quick to brand Rep. Tom Tancredo an insensitive bigot after he called for an end to Congressional "race-based caucuses."

CNN reported:

"[Tancredo's] agenda is to make illegal immigration a very black and white issue in the national debate, and that's really all he cares about. Whether or not people thinks he's racist is not of import to him."

Even The Nation ran this Onionesque piece a few days ago:

Rep. Tom Tancredo displays all the qualities of an ignorant, xenophobic racist and yet he has recently taken a stand against what he considers to be discrimination.

The problem is: Tancredo isn't.

The Media overlooked the fact that Tancredo just voted for House Resolution 90: "Congratulating Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears and Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts on becoming the first African-American head coaches of National Football League teams to qualify for the Super Bowl."

Plus. One of Tom Tancredo's allies in the immigration debate is a black talk show host in Los Angeles: Terry Anderson.

Posted by Mike Tate at February 2, 2007 5:58 PM
Comment #206400

Tancredo hasn’t a prayer of winning the election. First, he is a Republican. That’s one big strike in voter’s minds. The two issues he has on his side with a majority of Americans are border security and fiscal responsibility.

Since all other candidates have fiscal responsibility on their platform, he has border security. The election won’t be won on one issue, unless we are attacked again between now and then. What do you think, will Bush and Cheney and Hezbollah accommodate him?

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 2, 2007 6:15 PM
Comment #206406


I read your first link — in the sentence in which you said the Media (sic) branded Tancredo a bigot. Of course, the ABC article did no such thing, as I suspected. After that, I stopped reading because you proved to be an unreliable commentator.

Posted by: Trent at February 2, 2007 6:40 PM
Comment #206414

David R.
Disapointed in you Dave,your last sentence was just hate talking, use your intelect to get like minded people to use their votes to elect a dem president to represent you. Sooner or later you will have to promote your candidates on what they can do for our country rather than just how much you hate Bush and the republicans.

Posted by: dolan at February 2, 2007 7:48 PM
Comment #206418

Ahh, one of Tancredo’s best friends is black - he can’t be racist.

It’s sad, Mike, when your kicker line is one of the most cliched phrases ever spoken by racists.

Posted by: LawnBoy at February 2, 2007 8:41 PM
Comment #206422

dolan said: “Disapointed in you Dave,your last sentence was just hate talking”

No, it was quite fact based and appropriate. My last sentences were: “The election won’t be won on one issue, unless we are attacked again between now and then. What do you think, will Bush and Cheney and Hezbollah accommodate him?”

Bush and Cheney have had since 9/11/2001 to secure our borders and refused. Intelligence agencies have reported Hezbollah has been detected crossing our Southern Border. The question in my last sentence is therefore both fact based and appropriate. Hate has nothing to do with it.

I have in recent months complimented Bush on a couple of his actions. I suggest you slow down on jumping to your partisan conclusions so quickly.

I won’t be voting for either a Democratic or Republican president in ‘08. The Democratic and Republican parties are what is wrong with America. The choose candidates on the basis of their ability to win, like Kentucky Derby horses, or NFL teams, but not candidates who lead our nation toward solving our most pressing problems and issues. But you go ahead and vote for your Rah Rah team, I am sure anybody the DNC nominates will be just fine with you.

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 2, 2007 9:57 PM
Comment #206434

Tancredo is just reflecting the wants and needs of his District. He is not a racist anymore than Milosevic is. He is simply doing what his Voters want him to do.

Posted by: Juan dela Cruz at February 3, 2007 12:21 AM
Comment #206514

Wow a little on edge arent we Dave?

Posted by: dolan at February 3, 2007 6:47 PM
Comment #206758

Of the Republican candidates Tancredo’s positions most closely reflect those of myself as well as those of a lot of other conservatives.
If you were to do a survey of Republican voters as to who they would like to see get the nomination he would probably finish quite low. But then if you asked those same people to exlain what views/positions the other candidates have that make them prefered over Tancredo Im guessing most of them wouldn’t have a clue.
Same argument would hold for the democrats. How many of them (Im speaking of the general public) could explain the difference in positions between Obama, Hillary, Edwards, Etc etc. Very few I suspect. Its really just a popularity contest with the media playing an absurdly powerful role in how the candidates are portrayed. Does anyone really think Joe Biden is racist for his slip of the tongue? No, so why make such a big story out of it. Is Tancredo a racist for wanting to control our borders? No, so why spin it that way unless the goal is to make the news instead of reporting the news.

Posted by: Carnak at February 5, 2007 9:13 PM
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