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07/02/2013 03:16 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2013

Conservatives Want to Dump Rubio Like an Old Tea Bag

Former state GOP Senate President John Andrews, who's the lead organizer of the Western Conservative Summit, said on talk radio last month that Sen. Marco Rubio could be booed if he took the stage during his gathering at Colorado Christian University July 26-28.

KNUS host Matt Dunn doubled down Sunday, telling listeners that Rubio would indeed be booed and should be dumped out of the Tea Party, just like you-know-what into Boston Harbor.

Rubio is done, as far as the Tea Party is concerned, Dunn said on air, due to Rubio's support of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate.

Dunn didn't talk about booing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is now confirmed for the Western Conservative Summit, keynoting the July 27 lunch. Cruz was probably the most outspoken Senate critic of the immigration legislation.

As he argued against the Senate bill recently, Cruz stood by a photo of a graveyard and mourned the lives of undocumented immigrants who died crossing the border. As Greg Sargent reported in the Washington Post:

Cruz: "No one who cares about our humanity would want to maintain a system where the border isn't secure," Cruz said, noting that "vulnerable women and children" are being preyed upon by drug dealers and are being "left to die in the desert."

All you have to do is look out your car as you drive around Denver to know that we'd be doing a better job caring for humanity with Rubio and company's legislation, including its pathway to citizenship and border security, than we'd be doing with Cruz's border-security-only bill, which does nothing for all those hard-working people you see around town.

Yet, Dunn would boo Rubio and throw him out of the Tea Party, without even a real debate on his talk-radio show first? How stupid.