Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tancredo Out

Well, dang; Tom Tancredo, the one-note (“I hate immigrants!”) GOP candidate, is dropping out of the race.

The five-term Colorado congressman planned to make the announcement at a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Tancredo or his campaign.

Tancredo’s campaign would only say he planned a “major announcement” Thursday.

Tancredo has consistently polled at the back of the nine-person GOP field. He has based his campaign on opposition to illegal immigration, a top issue in many areas of the country. He has run television ads that link lax border security to terrorist attacks, rape and other crimes.

He was always fun to watch; kind of like the whacky neighbor on a sitcom who’s always good for comic relief when the plot bogs down. I guess that means that Alan Keyes gets to have the lunatic fringe all to himself.

It’s not like he ever had a chance, but losing Mr. Tancredo throws off the balance in the GOP field; he is so outrageous in his fear-mongering and racism that he made the rest of the field look moderate by comparison.