DENVER — Colorado Republicans will not be able to vote for any Republican candidate for president at its 2016 caucus, after national party leaders approved a little-noticed shift that may diminish the state’s clout in the most open nomination contest in the modern era, according to a front-page article in today’s Denver Post written by John Frank,

This makes Colorado the only state so far to forfeit a role in the early nomination process.

Former state GOP Chairman Ryan Call, who recently lost his bid to keep his job to Adams County businessman Steve House, said “It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season.

This means that Colorado is unlikely to be visited by the likes of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Bush Two’s bro, or Ben Carson.

But the GOP presidential candidate who is most miffed about this is former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Santorum won the Republican presidential caucus in Colorado in 2012. Although he lost the nomination to Mitt Romney, he came in second in the delegate count. Santorum, a Catholic, is an hyperconservative Republican who wants to bomb ISIS back to the Seventh Century of the Common Era. He is not admired by the LGTB community for his strident opposition to gay rights of any kind.

Santorum has notched only one endorsement, from Pennsylvania Congressman Louis Barletta.

Earlier today, Santorum visited Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila. Unbeknown to the two, a solitary reporter was hiding behind a curtain in the Archbishop’s sumptuous home on the grounds of the Saint John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in South Denver.

After Santorum ritualistically kissed the Archbishop’s ring, Santorum told the Archbishop that his former constituent, the late Dick Trussell of Landisville, Pennsylvania, had informed him that there is a solitary reporter living in Denver who has managed to report a lot of news — especially political news — that never happened.

The Archbishop then told Santorum how sorry he was to see that Santorum did not make the cut for the Fox News media extravaganza when nine Republican presidential candidates and one Donald Trump appeared before a live audience earlier this month at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. An estimated 24 million people watched on television as Megyn Kelly learned firsthand what a misogynist Trump is. At the “Happy Hour” debate for the remaining seven GOP hopefuls (which included Santorum), Carly Fiorina came out the clear winner.

“Archbishop,” Santorum began, “I don’t have any traction in this race in Iowa or New Hampshire or South Carolina. Do you think I should ask the solitary reporter for help?”

“I recommend against it,” the Archbishop replied.

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