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Friday, May 04, 2007

Back roads to the White House: The invisible Tom

Excerpted from this post at Back roads to the White House

Short shrift. That's what Rep. Tom Tancredo's enthusiastic backers in Council Bluffs, Iowa, thought that their hero got out of Thursday night's nationally televised Republican presidential debate. The ink-stained version of the Rocky Mountain News reports today on the dejected folks leaving a debate-watching event at Tancredo's Pottawattamie County headquarters. His fans cheered each time the Colorado conservative's face was projected onto the wall, and they hooted and hollered in agreement with what he said. But he was cut short in some answers and was skipped entirely in one round of questions. In the crucial, first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, three analysts said Tancredo did little to break out of the "other" category below the three so-called "front-runners" in the 10-man field. As Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepsen told Iowans this morning: "Some candidates seemed lost in the shuffle. Tom Tancredo, who has led the national debate against illegal immigration, was the shrinking violet and never really got a good chance to argue the issue." Tancredo has been called many things. But "shrinking violet" is a new one.

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