Hickenlooper stepped into Iowa to campaign for president, and then immediately stepped in it during an interview with Politico.

Quite possibly, it’s the worst introduction to voters since Admiral James Stockdale opened the 1992 vice presidential debate by asking “Who am I? Why am I here?!”

You’re going to want to sit down for this.

Hickenlooper compared rural Colorado to slavery states.

“We are seeing a divide in this country that is as significant as when we had slave states and anti-slavery states,” Hickenlooper said. “This rural-urban divide, people in rural areas of Colorado and across the country feel like the urban areas have just left them behind and don’t care.”

Hickenlooper’s solution to avoiding a new war between the states is just as hokey and out-of-touch as his wild-eyed analogy of the state of Colorado and the U.S.

Broadband, that will solve the problem.

Oh, and reeducation programs to train energy workers how to install solar panels and such.

Yea, that’s what started the Civil War all right, a lack of broadband and jobs.