CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER Tancredo
If the Republican Party is anything like the Lucchese crime family, '08 presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) may soon get whacked for his ramped-up tough guy routine that has him brazenly going after the Party's made men like a Mexican-hating version of Joe Pesci.
Tancredo has unveiled a new "Save America Campaign" aimed at defeating the "sell-out" immigration bill currently being considered by the Senate. It actually involves Tancredo super-sizing his already turbo-charged bombast. Yesterday at lunchtime, for example, Tancredo "coincidentally" sat at the same diner as (and managed to out-crazy) immigration bill supporter Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and sent him a plate of nachos. And in last night's Republican debate, he told President Bush to go piss up a rope, praised the cutting of family ties abroad in order to become a real American, and outlined the scope of his new project: "I am willing to do whatever is necessary to try to stop this piece of legislation. And that includes go after any Republican that votes for it, because the Republicans can stop this."
Tancredo will now scale back his visits to Iowa and New Hampshire so he can personally rouse up his fair-minded followers in the districts of wavering Republicans. While this is sure to cause headaches for many, a spokesman for a Republican who survived a Tancredo cabal last year isn't sweating it: "If his poll numbers are any indication, then he's not catching fire with the Republican base on an issue that's front and center."