Over at Think Progress, Matt Yglesias points to this article on the website World Net Daily, home to the über-insane, hyper-paranoid, unabashedly vitriolic, openly hateful right-wing fringe, in which former the anti-immigrant Colorado Congressman Tommy Tancredo notes that he is open to mounting an independent run for the White House in 2012.
Former Colorado congressman and Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo told WND today that if no one to his liking emerges in the 2012 run for the White House, he will consider another bid for the GOP nomination and would not rule out becoming a third-party candidate, as a "last option."
Tancredo, known for his strong stance against illegal immigration, spoke to WND after a Dutch newspaper published an interview article in which he said he didn't view the GOP's 2008 vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, as "presidential."
Tancredo told WND that if Republicans "end up repeating the mistakes of the past" he would run again.
"I am convinced that we've got one more shot at this before the Republican Party comes apart at the seams, if they really don't get it right," he said.
'I'm willing to be sort of a team player, although I certainly have no strong philosophical commitment to the Republican Party," he added. "It's just a mechanism … not a thing with which you can have some great affinity."
"Last Option" sounds about right. I'm guessing that is Tancredo's goal is to revive the Know-Nothing party of the 1850s. Matt Yglesias finds the possibility of a Tancredo run on a third party ticket plausible and while I don't disagree that such lunacy is indeed plausible, a Tancredo run isn't likely to win 2 percent of the vote nationally. Nativist movements in the United States are nothing new but when they have arisen in the 1850s, 1880s and 1920s, they have always met with electoral failure.
Such a run is even more quixotic than any of Ralph Nader's runs and while I never discount the insanity of Tommy Tancredo it is also fair to point out that he is an offensive joke of a man. Ultimately Tancredo is a single-issue candidate on an issue that is frankly a third tier issue at the moment.
Whatever the faults of the United States and the American people, I've lived in this country long enough to realize that the overwhelmingly number of Americans are not a hateful people by nature and while Tancredo is consumed by irrational fears and hatred, his fellow citizens are not. Tancredo is doomed to failure of unprecedented proportions because we are better country than he thinks we are.
The officially unofficial Tea Party National Convention kicked off last night in Nasville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center with former five-term Colorado GOP Congressman Tommy "the Tamale" Tancredo delivering the opening salvos. Not surprisingly, Tancredo bemoaned that the country voted to ""put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House ... Barack Hussein Obama." He added that the reason Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country." I'm somewhat shocked he didn't advocate for a poll tax or property requirement.
More surprisingly, Tancredo was thankful that John McCain had lost the 2008 Presidential election. "Thank God John McCain lost the election," he said before going on to rip McCain suggesting that “we would have had a replay of Bush One and Bush Two.” Tancredo suggested that McCain would have presided over big budget deficits and lacked a tough stand against immigration.
If McCain had won “there wouldn’t have been a big fight,” he offered by way of an explanation. “There would have been no Tea Party, no 912ers, no rally for America on the National Mall, and we would not be here. The race for America is on. The president and his left-wing allies in Congress are going to look for every opportunity to destroy the Constitution before we have a chance to save it.” In short, Tancredo feels that the 2008 election has galvanized the right awakening it from a stupor.
He deplored a "cult of multiculturalism" and suggested the American culture was superior to all others. “How many of you have ever known, read about, heard of, been acquainted with anybody who had to flee from America for a better life? When you raise the gates all over the world, people run one way, and it isn’t because the cultures are all the same. No, they’re not. Some are better. Ours is best."
He concluded by exhorting to the less than capacity audience that "this is our country, let's take it back."
If this is the appetizer, I can hardly wait for the main course. It should be an interesting weekend.
There's more on this story at ABC News while Qatar's Al Jazeera files the report below.
Today on the Rick Sanchez Show on CNN, former Colorado Congressman Tommy Tancredo, who earlier in the week joined the chorus of deranged conservatives in calling Judge Sotomayor a racist, went a step further and derided the first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court for her association with the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.
TANCREDO: If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a Latino -- it's a counterpart -- a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that's going to convince me and a lot of other people that it's got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is "All for the race. Nothing for the rest." What does that tell you?
RICK SANCHEZ: Alright. We're not talking about -- we're not talking about La Raza -
TANCREDO: She's a member! She's a member of La Raza!
Well, that's enough for me go out and join La Raza.