Revenge of the Bitter Clingers

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Interesting election results in Colorado where two Democrat state senators, including the President of the Colorado Senate went down to defeat in recall elections:

Two Colorado Democrats who provided crucial support for a slate of tough new gun-control laws were voted out of office on Tuesday in a recall vote widely seen as a test of popular support for gun restrictions after mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

The election, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters. It also gave moderate lawmakers across the country a warning about the political risks of voting for tougher gun laws.

The recall elections ousted two Democratic state senators, John Morse and Angela Giron, and replaced them with Republicans. Both defeats were painful for Democrats – Mr. Morse’s because he had been Senate president, and Ms. Giron’s because she represented a heavily Democratic, working-class slice of southern Colorado.

Faithful readers of this blog may recall these posts in late February and early March of this year when the Colorado Democrat controlled legislature was considering gun control legislation:

Better to be Raped Than to be Armed, Rape and Kung Fu and What Is In the Water In Colorado?.  After the election of 2012 the Democrats took control of state government in Colorado and assumed they had a mandate to enact whatever they wished, including gun control.  The elections last Tuesday said not so fast.  Opponents of the recall outspent proponents 6-1 and still lost.  2014 should be very interesting in Colorado, a state that has been trending blue.

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  1. Instapundit: “Well, when you try to deny people’s civil rights, there should be swift consequences.”

    Dave Kopel: “It’s one thing for a deliberately polarizing legislator like Morse to lose a close race in a swing district. It’s quite another for Giron to lose by 12 points in a district that is 47% Democratic and 23% Republican. One reason is that in blue collar districts like Pueblo, there are plenty of Democrats who cling to their Second Amendment rights. As the Denver Post noted, 20% of the voters who signed the Giron recall petitions were Democrats.”

  2. The gun law wasn’t his only problem. From the Colorado Springs Gazette:

    “Morse raised utility rates, burdening Coloradans who struggle to get by. He tried to force firefighters to unionize in Colorado Springs, even though the public twice voted against it. Morse supported an assortment of other jobs-killing bills that caused a large primary employer and a national television production to abandon our state.

    At issue is House Bill 1303, known to Morse and other proponents as the “Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act.” When it became law, Democrats praised it as a new model for the rest of the country. Ironically, Morse and other advocates promoted the bill as something that might ease voting and enfranchise voters. It shortens the residency requirements, moves polling locations and generally reduces traditional eligibility standards for receiving mail-in ballots. The law even allows voter registration on the day of an election.”

  3. I have followed these issues for over fifty years and see it as part of the larger culture war and an agenda on the part of many to completely disarm the American public. The totalitarian tendency thrives in the Utopian mind-set. The Founders were wise to foresee this potential and provide against it. Cast the Constitution lightly away and the heavy hand of the super-state will crush us all.

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