On Tuesday night, former Rep. Bob Beauprez beat a slate of Colorado Republicans—including, most notably, former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo—in the GOP primary for governor. Mitt Romney and other hated/beloved GOP establishment types had endorsed Beauprez, who was clearly the most electable candidate available to face current Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in November.
But more importantly, the state GOP did not want Tancredo's tedious one-note campaign dragging down its entire ticket, writes David Harsanyi. Because of his propensity for self-promotion and the media's propensity to blow out every uncompromising statement he makes, the support Tancredo enjoyed among Colorado Republicans and Tea Partiers has always been overestimated.