If I didn't know any better, I'd think the Denver Post is trying to woo the center-right slash conservative slash libertarian slash free-market readership. What else explains the appearance of the Post's Kurtis Lee, recently a transplant from the District of Columbia, at this evening's Liberty On the Rocks' event?
The real purpose of the evening's festivities was to celebrate the third anniversary of the People's Press Collective (to which this post will feed). Allow me to add my congratulations here, and to thank the organizers of PPC for creating a wonderful platform.
But Lee attended to gather reactions to the GOP debate (which I could barely hear on the bar's echoing television sets). Lee wrote up an article that mentioned the event's drinking game (with the word "jobs" acting as the trigger) and that included some substantive and interesting comments.
Regina Thomson told Lee she's looking for a "constitutional conservative" and would favor Herman Cain if he had a chance.
I loved Santiago Valenzuela's response. He said he's looking for real immigration reform "that allows peaceful people" to work here and eventually earn citizenship. I agree with his position, as I've written elsewhere.
Valenzuela is a friend of mine, by the way, and he writes some great posts for Mother of Exiles. Interestingly, I also met a very nice fellow at the event who worked on Tom Tancredo's campaign for governor. And one thing that amazes me about Liberty On the Rocks is how well it facilitates social mingling and networking among people with such diverse views. (I should also note here that I run Liberty In the Books, a project of Liberty On the Rocks, and got paid a bit to do so.)
Valenzuela's reply about jobs was classic: "I'm also looking for a jobs plan that gets the government out of our busisness to allow job creators to do their thing." He added that he dislikes Romney because he is the Father of ObamaCare.
Lee's appearance is not unprecedented, however; last year, the Post's Chuck Plunkett actually spoke at a Liberty On the Rocks event -- something that perked up the ears of talented leftie blogger Jason Salzman.
The Post needn't worry; it's left-leaning credentials remain unchallenged. But I do appreciate the Post's willingness to broaden its coverage and its readership, and I think it's a much better paper for making the effort.