High Noon: Cory and the Tehran 47; Hillary’s homebrew; Denver’s pretend mayoral race

Susan Greene: Hello Colorado. Welcome to this week’s “High Noon,” when our in-house opinion columnist and favorite ”vagrant lurker” Mike Littwin — whose mother raised him to be a one-man think tank and to, at all costs, avoid mowing lawns and brewing his own coffee — will take on two much younger and better coifed men whose mothers I’ll leave out of this intro other than to say they, like Mrs. Littwin, instilled in their sons an unusually high level of self-righteous swagger. “High Noon” is an ideological battle, an online debate between left and right, a lively exchange of political pluck in which the shoot-out is waged not with 15-round magazines (the preferred ammo among certain news-making Coloradans) but with quickly written words, ideas and wit spanning the political spectrum.

Today we welcome back two of Littwin’s favorite sparring partners — Dan Haley, a government relations guru at EIS Solutions and our former colleague at The Denver Post, where he ran the editorial page, and Jon Caldara, president of the free-market Independence Institute who has a statue of Thomas Jefferson outside his office, Ayn Rand books lining his bookshelves and Star Trek memorabilia on his walls. Jon, if you could see us, we’re sending a big Vulcan peace sign to you in this month of mourning.

Enough with the introductions. Let’s, as Trekkies say, “Make it so.”

Sen. Cory Gardner defended his signing the “Tehran 47” letter by saying he’s working hard to form bipartisan cooperation. Meanwhile, The New York Daily News called Gardner and the rest “TRAITORS” in a front-page headline. And in a Tweet, Jared Polis called Tom Cotton, who wrote the letter, “Tehran Tom.” What do you all make of this story, Gardner’s “bipartisan cooperation” reasoning and how the letter may or may not come back to bite Republicans — especially if they take back the White House?

Mike Littwin: This should be good. There’s nothing I like more than an in-depth discussion of the Logan Act. So, boys, what do you have to say in defense of bipartisan Cory?

Dan Haley: Wow, that’s quite an intro. I love news stories like this because they cause people to breathlessly defend laws they hadn’t heard of until yesterday, such as the Logan Act. It’s been on the books for 216 years and has never been prosecuted. But this letter has lots of folks suddenly worried about the Logan Act.

Is bipartisan Cory supposed to act in a bipartisan manner at all times to win in Colorado in six years? Unlikely. I don’t recall Udall or Bennet being 24-7 bipartisan guys.

Mike Littwin: This should be good. There’s nothing I like more than an in-depth discussion of the Logan Act. So, boys, what do you have to say in defense of bipartisan Cory?

Dan Haley: Wow, that’s quite an intro. I love news stories like this because they cause people to breathlessly defend laws they hadn’t heard of until yesterday, such as the Logan Act. It’s been on the books for 216 years and has never been prosecuted. But this letter has lots of folks suddenly worried about the Logan Act.

Is bipartisan Cory supposed to act in a bipartisan manner at all times to win in Colorado in six years? Unlikely. I don’t recall Udall or Bennet being 24-7 bipartisan guys.

Jon Caldara: There is no Vulcan peace you hippies. It’s a Vulcan greeting, or salute, like a handshake or bowing. Live Long and Prosper, which requires property rights. Vulcan are libertarian you know.

Caldara: Logan Act? Anything to do with Logan’s Run, which I can’t believe has never been remade. Sorry, Spock on the brain.

Haley: ^^^ Nerd ^^^

Anyone else think Caldara spent a lot of Friday nights as a teen at home watching Star Trek on his VCR?

Littwin: Beyond the Logan Act, let’s get serious. Who in his right mind would send this letter? The Republicans have a Hillary mini-scandal brewing, and they take the heat off Hillary and put it all on themselves. I mean, when you’ve got a mainstream of-the-people tabloid like the Daily News calling you traitors, that’s a problem.

Haley: Here’s why I think Republicans may regret sending that letter: Before the letter, the focus was on the president and whether he was making a bad deal with Iran. Now the focus is on Republicans and whether they broke the law. Gimme a break.

Littwin: No, I don’t think Cory will be bipartisan at all, unless people are looking. I’m just saying that refusing to sign an obviously terrible idea of a letter would have set him apart, made him look like a strong appealing guy. Instead, he looks like a non-thinking follower. If you look at Cory’s facebook page right now, it has been bombarded by “friends” who call him a traitor. Again, I don’t think this is in any way traitorous — just hypocritical and dumb — but it’s not a good look when people are saying that about you.

Caldara: A letter detailing how international agreements are ratified is a lesson that maybe the Prez should learn. Hardly a big deal.

Littwin: I’m sure he spent a lot of weekends at home. Alone.

Caladara: Anyone else think Caldara still spends a lot of Friday nights alone home watching Star Trek on his VCR?

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litwin hnMike Littwin has covered Dr. J, four presidential inaugurations, six national conventions and countless brain-numbing speeches in the New Hampshire and Iowa snow. A rapier wit.

 

dan haley Dan Haley is vice president of communications at EIS Solutions, a Colorado public relations firm and was Editorial Page Editor at the Denver Post, after being an editorial writer, assistant city editor and news reporter.
 

jon caldara Jon Caldara is president of the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free-market think tank in Denver. He is a radio and TV host and one of the state’s favorite provocateurs.

 

sgreeneSusan Greene is moderator today. She is a longtime Colorado journalist, a former Denver Post columnist and the editor of the Colorado Independent.

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