QUID HAS HEARD that we’re knees deep in Hanukkah right now. Quid is not Jewish but will very quickly note that many friends, acquaintances and colleagues are among the Chosen People, so “Chag Sameach” and pass the latkes. But Quid also has heard that the nabobs over at City Hall didn’t have the forethought to invite someone of the rabbinical cloth to do the invocation at Monday’s council meeting — it’s not the worst shonda in the city’s history, but definitely a head scratcher. Go Tallit on the mountain that, of all the weeks of the calendar year, it would have been more than apropos to invite someone from a local temples to kick off council’s proceedings this week. Since there’s no real recourse for this municipal fershtinkiner, Quid would gladly settle for Hizzoner Steve Hogan and Still-Not-Retired City Manager George “Skip” Noe recreating the Christmas episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Cue the tuba.
AND QUID HAS HEARD that Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman remains firmly on Santa’s list of good boys after making sure he said nothing that could be remotely construed as cross about the fascist Donald Trump. Whereas a cadre of his fellow Republicans on the congressional delegation had plenty of nasty things to say about the poll-leading presidential candidate, Coffman observed Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment in speaking no direct ill of the Donald nor his plan to ban all Muslims from entering the country. Of course, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican” may not apply to Trump once he’s tossed from the big tent and runs as an independent. In case you missed it, freshman Sen. Cory Gardner went so far as to label Trump a “buffoon.” Rep. Scott Tipton said Trump’s plan “is not conservatism” nor “what this country or this party stands for.” Weld County’s Ken Buck went so far as to call Trump “a fraud” and say that the “proposal violates the Constitution, the values of our nation, the Republican Party platform” and his conscience. Congressman Coffman’s take? He reminded us that he’s a Marine Corps veteran and noted he would always “represent all of the citizens” of Colorado’s 6th Congressional District “regardless of their religious affiliation, and protect their constitutional rights.” Quid admires the congressman’s willingness to be so tremendously wishy-washy and non-combative when everyone and their mother has free rein to smack talk America’s pre-eminent smack-talker. It just goes to show that while there may be no atheists in foxholes, there’s plenty of room to remain relatively agnostic when it comes to public officials opining on unconstitutional, un-American policies.
AND THAT’S ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS.