Former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper Announces For President

Former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper Announces For President

Former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper Announces For President

To no great surprise of anyone here in Colorado, former Governor John Hickenlooper dropped a video announcing his run for President. He’s a long shot for numerous reasons. Name recognition is a biggie. But guys! He’s stood up to bullies before so he’s THE guy to beat Trump!

Nice opening shot at Red Rocks Hick. Interesting ad logo as well.

There were indeed some tough times during his two terms as Governor. The drought absolutely sucked, as did the wildfires and floods. In fact, recovery from the 2013 flood is still ongoing.

Did he really manage to get healthcare for 95% of those living in Colorado? Nope. Not at all. As with the rest of the country, the so-called Affordable Care Act has caused insurance and healthcare costs to rise. Friends and neighbors have had to deal with scrambling to keep insurance or find new doctors. Some folks I know personally have now gone through five, yes FIVE, cancer docs since 2010 because of all the changes in coverage. I’d say that 95% figure is a wee bit inflated.

After the horrific Aurora theatre shooting, he stood up to those bullies at the NRA! WOOHOOO!! That’ll get him the anti-gun votes!

“We’re terrorizing ourselves,” Hickenlooper told NPR in 2018. “If you were trying to harm this country, what better thing could you do than to create a context where kids were too scared to go to school, or, when they got to school, they were too scared to learn?”

Except that the legislation cost the state thousands of jobs and a significant number of companies exited the state. Magpul is one prime example.

Oh, and the legislation that was passed? Didn’t address the problem of keeping kids safe from guns in schools. It didn’t address the underlying mental health issues that every shooter out there has had. The legislation was a bandaid, not a fix.

So yes, Hick will probably get a boost from the anti-gun, anti-2A folks out there. However, it will be negated by his moderate stance regarding oil, gas, and fracking. 

But Hickenlooper’s record on energy issues and climate change could put him at odds with the Democratic base that dominates the nomination process. While he supported limits on methane and vehicle emissions and has said he believes the U.S. must move to a clean energy economy, Hickenlooper has also defended the energy industry and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

What leftward refuses to understand is the sheer number of jobs the industry has brought to the state. Jobs that cross all matter of industries due to the oil, gas, and fracking here.

“Snollygoster?” At first I though Salazar was channeling Dr. Seuss. But no, it’s a real word! 

A shrewd person not guided by principles, especially a politician

I wonder if Salazar had to look up the word or had been just waiting for the right moment to use it?

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if those like AOC who are touting their Green New Deal refuse to give Hickenlooper the time of day. He’s not rabid enough about climate change.

One reason is, he’s more aware than most that dropping trains, solar panels, and windmills all over the landscape isn’t as easy in this state as one would think. The bike and scooter programs in Denver aren’t even working well. High speed rail? The feds and state can’t even agree on how to get I-70 widened up through the mountains from Denver to Eisenhower Tunnel!

Hickenlooper once said that he believes people are tired of labels. That was then. Now we have a leftist political environment that is THRIVING on labels.

Hickenlooper wasn’t the best governor of Colorado, nor was he the worst. Can he make it on the big stage and distinguish himself when going up against the likes of Kamala Harris, Spartacus Booker, Joe Biden, and the rest of the baker’s dozen? I doubt it.  He’s too moderate for today’s political left.

Feature Photo Credit: Jack Dempsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon via Flickr, cropped and modified

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4 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Anti-gun idiot should have stayed with running a brewery… As for Salazar, the only way he came up with “snollygoster” is if he just got a new roll of “word of the day” toilet paper. He may not have been our worst governor, (and will be farther from that title, with our current one) but he would be a disaster as President.

  • GWB says:

    what better thing could you do than to create a context where kids were too scared to go to school
    You know, because they know they’re all gathered herded into gun-free free-fire zones. *smh*
    Yes, Hickster, you are terrorizing our children. All in order to gain a stranglehold over the free American citizens.

    The legislation was a bandaid, not a fix.
    Even “bandaid” is wrong. It was putting a bandage on the left arm when the wound is in the right thigh.

    Hick will probably get a boost from the anti-gun, anti-2A folks out there.
    Shorter: “all the California ex-pats”.

    dropping trains, solar panels, and windmills all over the landscape isn’t as easy in this state as one would think
    What? But you have all those lovely mountaintops you could put them on! And they’re even closer to the sun up there, than in, say, Kansas! And you put the windmills in the valleys where the wind blows! Colorado is just PERFECT for green energy!

    Given the goofy names I’ve seen from people who live in CO, I don’t think his candidacy will last long.

  • F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Somebody run his DNA through Ancestry-dot-com and see where in Hell he came from.
    Just mocking his name is a comedian’s wet dream.

  • His_Highness says:

    Hicken-who?

    My prayer is that the Dems have at least five candidates on the ballot when I go to vote in November, 2020. Hey, everyone, write your state representatives and have them pass a law that the top 5 candidates from each party shall be on the presidential ballot in your states.

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