History does seem to repeat itself, much to the chagrin of so many. Chagrin could be in store for Republicans in 2016 if the inevitable fate of presidential aspirants visiting Aurora is going in the same direction as before.
Hillary Clinton is coming to Aurora Tuesday to stump for Sen. Mark Udall and Andrew Romanoff, Democratic candidate for Aurora’s 6th Congressional District. Yeah, that’s just our vibe these days, much to the chagrin of a lot of the rest of the state, i.e. our step-sister-city to the west, Her Mile Highness.
So who was the last big-name Dem to come to Aurora to wave the donkey flag and end up POTUS? Oh, yes. It was then-senator Barack Obama on East Colfax Avenue near the Aurora Fox Theatre, glad-handing and making nice with the party faithful in 2006, before he officially announced his candidacy for president. Sound familiar?
Hillary is here to tell people she hasn’t decided yet whether she’ll run, to get Democrats sitting on ballots to mail them in, to push a few voters to Romanoff and Udall, and draw fire from clench-fisted Republicans who still snigger at old Rush Limbaugh “Billary” jokes.
Of course with so many presidential types hitting Aurora over the past 15 years or so coming and going from here — John Kerry, Obama, Clinton 1 and Clinton 2, Bush, Cheney and Tom “Tennessee” Tancredo —it’s probably just another sign that Aurora voters matter, a lot. But there’s a lot of history from these parts that makes the re-run circuit.
— Editor Dave Perry