I was in attendance on Saturday at the Southern Weld County Republican Breakfast in Fort Lupton to listen to Mark Hillman speak in additon to other candidates running for office. The breakfast takes place on the third Saturday of each month at the Branding Iron in Fort Lupton. The “surprise” candidates included: Cory Gardner, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, Glenn Vaad, Jerry Sonnenberg, and Tambor Williams.
When Tambor Williams, Dan Maes’s selection for Lt. Governor, went to the lectern to address the crowd; she was given a tepid, but polite welcome. Tambor did not seem entirely comfortable to be there and gave a rambling stump speech about following the rules and following the process. She was firm and resolute about Maes’s and her own determination and desire to stay in the governor’s race no matter what the cost to Colorado or her own reputation.
What caught my ear was in her closing remarks. Tambor attempted to quote Adlai Stevenson, the liberal Democrat who made multiple runs for the presidency of the United States. Stevenson is often quoted for his eloquent and witty remarks about politics. Tambor managed to be neither eloquent, nor witty, nor persuasive in her strained paraphrasing of Adlai Stevenson in support of herself and Dan Maes.
Here is my paraphrasing of Tambor’s paraphrasing:
When you look at the race for governor, it reminds me of what Adlai Stevenson said about losing to President Eisenhower. When an aide told Stevenson that ALL of the “smart” people voted for us. Stevenson replied, “that explains why we lost.”
After searching for the exact quote and exchange by Stevenson; I believe this is what Tambor was aiming for, but missed, from NPR:
“A supporter once called out, “Governor Stevenson, all thinking people are for you!” And Adlai Stevenson answered, “That’s not enough. I need a majority.”
Tambor’s implication was obvious: If you do not vote for us (Maes/Williams) because we are the GOP nominees, you are stupid; lacking the cognitive ability and knowledge to make informed decisions about whom your leaders should be. She encouraged us to vote for Maes solely on the basis that he is the Republican nominee and has went through the process and (don’t laugh, snort or spit on your screen) followed the rules.
Although Tambor butchered the quote by Adlai Stevenson; she conveyed her perception of the elctorate quite clearly. Tambor Williams views the voters as ignorant, gullible rubes, who are only smart enough to vote down party lines – lacking principles or convictions.
Further analysis is not needed. Judge for yourself.
Tambor’s theory will be tested in a matter of days.
I suggest you contact the sputtering Maes’s campaign and ask Dan if he feels the same way.
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