Total recall: Gun-control advocates get booted from CO office

posted at 9:21 am on September 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Voters in Colorado sent a big message yesterday to progressives who thought they’d taken ownership of the interior West in recent election cycles.  Legalizing pot and even raising a few taxes might be fine and dandy, but take away the guns and the state — and the electorate — start seeing red (via The Week):

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.

Michael Bloomberg tried to swing the election back to Morse and Giron by dropping $350,000 into the race, and progressive groups raised a total of $3 million to protect the two gun-control advocates.  It made no difference in the end — and that’s a big deal for the gun-rights movement, writes Sean Sullivan at the Washington Post:

It’s not every day that you see an incumbent recalled from office, let alone someone as high-profile as a state Senate president. The message the defeat of Morse and Giron sends to legislators all across the country is unmistakable: If you are thinking about pushing for new gun-control laws, you could face swift consequences.

“You could almost call it the bellwether state as far as what’s going to happen down the road as far as gun-control and Second Amendment rights,” Republican George Rivera, who will fill Giron’s seat, told The Fix late last month.

The particulars of Tuesday’s elections prompted some gun-control advocates to argue that the results shouldn’t be over-read. For one thing, voters didn’t receive mail ballots automatically, a substantial change of protocol in a state where the majority of voters cast their votes via mail. For another, the losses don’t mean Republicans will control the Senate; nor do they mean the gun laws that Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed into law will be repealed. …

But it shouldn’t go overlooked that the two districts where voters cast ballots tilt more Democratic than Republican. And the anti-recall side easily outraised the pro-recall interests. The Democratic losses are a reflection of the fact that enthusiasm was squarely on the opposite side of Morse and Giron. …

While the long-term significance of the election will assuredly be be debated, it’s hard to argue against the proposition that lawmakers in other states will have Colorado somewhere in their minds the next time a push to tighten gun laws begins ramping up.

It probably didn’t help the two Democrats that the effort to rescue them came most publicly from New York City, and not their own constituents.  In fact, as Alec MacGillis points out in The New Republic, the anti-recall side had far more money than the pro-recall side, perhaps as much as 6:1 in favor of Morse and Giron. They got more help from GOTV groups that tried to turn out voters for the cause.  In the end, even with all of these advantages, Coloradans told the gun grabbers to pound sand.

The Boss Emeritus, a Coloradan herself, wrote that the “bright red line” had now been drawn:

The significance of this historic and unprecedented battle cannot be overstated. As I’ve reported over the past several months, the effort was an astonishing grass-roots effort in which ordinary citizens gathered more than 16,000 signatures for a recall petition in Colorado Springs over a matter of weeks. The role of women (Coloradans Laura Carno, Kelly Maher, Kim Weeks were among the leading lights) in pushing back against false gun-grabbing narratives and smears was invaluable. The birth control fear-mongering failed. The use of social media to organize echoes other successful Tea Party efforts. …

But the message has been sent and the bright red line has been drawn. Other Democratic state legislators across the country posing as “moderates” cannot carry water for the Bloomberg conglomerate and think they can escape without electoral consequences.

And Colorado’s “moderate” Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper better watch out.

Indeed. And so too should other politicians who think that Bloomberg’s money and name carry some sort of cachet among their electorate.


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“Gun control? Never heard of it.” – Any Democrat running for election in 2014.

NotCoach on September 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Netflix – $9.

DishTV – $80.

2nd Amendment freedom – priceless.

You give money every month for frivolous crap. If you don’t have a monthly budget to donate to those fighting for our liberty, then you might need to adjust your budget slightly.

What would you pay monthly for freedom?

We can turn this all around – just like they did in Colorado. Pueblo, of all places.

beatcanvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Taking back CO two azzholes at a time.

patman77 on September 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

This points to being pro-firearms as a part of a winning strategy.

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.

Can we get a political party formed around these things?

Because we sure don’t have one now.

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

We’re losing on every electoral and legislative front… except guns.

happytobehere on September 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

I’m not a fan of the recall mindset but two things keep me from fully disagreeing with it:
1) Democrats will use whatever is at their disposal to win elections and Republicans will be doomed to fail if they don’t fight fire with fire (or decide to bring a knife to a gunfight) and
2) Politicians need to fear their constituents, we get too many politicians who quickly change their point of view as soon as they’re elected (I’m looking at you Rubio…).

So until we get both those things under control… well, there are worse ways to spend money (and the government is already doing that kind of waste already).

Ukiah on September 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

and Ms. Giron’s because she represented a heavily Democratic, working-class slice of southern Colorado.

HA!

As antipc said in the headlines, good luck on your next job, Angie.

Even here in Minnesota with demorat-controlled everything they couldn’t pass so much as a 10 round+ mag ban because the people told them to eat popo.

Figure it out already, you human trash, this nation has a thriving gun culture; we are able to possess firearms without blowing away random strangers just for fun. Shocking, I know.

Bishop on September 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Finally, a red line that is actually enforced.

rbj on September 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.
Can we get a political party formed around these things?
ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

That’s crazy talk, TeaBagger!!!1111elevnety

/RINO mode

VelvetElvis on September 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Wish the same could happen to the east coast gun grabbers we have here in DE, but alas, not happenning…..

Sir Napsalot on September 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

his points to being pro-firearms as a part of a winning strategy.

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.

Can we get a political party formed around these things?

Because we sure don’t have one now.

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Gun Party of America isn’t taken.
Or, maybe it could be the Black Powder Party of America. It would be so confusing to the race hustlers.

LoganSix on September 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

They should ramp up and go after Gov. Chickenpooper now, the ultimate supporter of this debacle.

hillsoftx on September 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

If your mayor is a proud member of this organization and they are up for re-election any time soon, could be an issue.

http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml

dirtseller on September 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.
Can we get a political party formed around these things?
ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Racist.

Bruce MacMahon on September 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Congratulations Coloradians!!

You showed ‘em… ^5

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

One battle, long war. This does give hope.

aceinstall on September 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Sweet. So very, very sweet.

Midas on September 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

O/T ALERT! Glenn Beck now supports Im peach ment!! OH wow!!

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

The problem is that the damage has already been done. Magpul have already decided to leave, and with Hickenlooper in office, there’s no way to reverse the magazine capacity limit. The people’s only chance is through the courts, and that will likely take years.

Mohonri on September 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

We’re losing on every electoral and legislative front… except guns.

happytobehere on September 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Not true. A lot of progress has been made on the pro-life front. At least at the state and local level. The real problem is at the national level and that has a lot to do with having some truly horrific and inept people tasked with running the Republican Party.

Doughboy on September 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Yes! Some godd*mn good news at last, brought to you (of course) by THE PEOPLE, not the useless GOP.

rrpjr on September 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Let’s hope this recall virus spreads nationally…and get rid of the moonbat liberals from both sides of the aisle.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Linkage?

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Congrats to all of the Patriots of Colorado!!

Fantastic work. Thanks to all of you. A fine example for the rest of the country.

PermanentWaves on September 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

And too many GOP politicians have sat around for months gnashing their teeth over this issue.

Why can’t they get this straight? Guns in the hands of good people: good. Guns in the hands of bad people: bad. So any restrictions on guns must be directed entirely as rooting out the bad people.

Armed robbery and rape at gun point? Summary execution. I don’t care if there’s no loss of life. Anyone who commits either crime doesn’t belong in society and doesn’t warrant state maintenance in a prison.

BuckeyeSam on September 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

dirtseller on September 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

A MAIG endorsement is the kiss of death. Millions of Bloomberg dollars down the drain. Awww! The tears of unfathomable sadness.

blammm on September 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Those two got blown out of office but not because of their stand on guns.Their excuse is voter suppression.Maybe someday they will get it.

docflash on September 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Just heard on his radio show, will look :)

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Wish the same could happen to the east coast gun grabbers we have here in DE, but alas, not happenning…..

Sir Napsalot on September 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

My new neighbors are from Delaware. The lady wanted to get into it with me about my pro-gun stickers on my car. She was freaked out that I may have firearms in my house. I informed her that she’s in Texas now and we’re not having that debate. I told her that if she doesn’t like it she can leave.

Hat Trick on September 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Netflix – $9.

DishTV – $80.

2nd Amendment freedom – priceless.

You give money every month for frivolous crap. If you don’t have a monthly budget to donate to those fighting for our liberty, then you might need to adjust your budget slightly.

What would you pay monthly for freedom?

We can turn this all around – just like they did in Colorado. Pueblo, of all places.

beatcanvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I did this. Joined the NRA, considered lifetime membership, etc. etc…. These jokers spent every penny I gave them to market insurance to me. Every month I would get 1-2 pieces of mail for life or other insurance. This wasn’t some cheep letter, no, it was a full color, multi page marketing campaign. Dropped them like a hot penny. What a waste of my money.

bbordwell on September 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

It probably didn’t help the two Democrats that the effort to rescue them came most publicly from New York City, and not their own constituents

This appears to be a trend. Nationalizing local campaigns seems to have a negative effect on the local electorate. They seem to consistently go in the opposite direction of the national money.

Obviously, I’m generalizing, and there are exceptions. But I’ve noticed this several times now, affecting candidates and issues from both parties.

Chris of Rights on September 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I’m not a big fan of recall elections but it does my heart good seeing Morse go down after watching him driving the gun-grabbing legislation through without even a single consideration of the civil rights of Coloradans. Enjoy being out of office you loser.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

To dogsoldier: Nothing on The Blaze yet… sorry…

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Just heard on his radio show, will look :)

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Cool thank you. I looked on his site.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Scrumpy on September 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

No worries!

Grats to Colorado! Libturds are out claiming voter suppression already. They are a sad lot today and GOOD.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

My new neighbors are from Delaware. The lady wanted to get into it with me about my pro-gun stickers on my car. She was freaked out that I may have firearms in my house. I informed her that she’s in Texas now and we’re not having that debate. I told her that if she doesn’t like it she can leave.

Hat Trick on September 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

If she’s moving to Texas from Delaware it is probably not just the guns that are freaking her out. For example, if she drives a regular car then all she probably sees is the hubcaps of SUVs and Pick-ups. She probably doesn’t have one of those metal Texas star thingies in her decor (which seems to be state law). And, of course, she probably isn’t used to people being friendly.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I did this. Joined the NRA, considered lifetime membership, etc. etc…. These jokers spent every penny I gave them to market insurance to me. Every month I would get 1-2 pieces of mail for life or other insurance. This wasn’t some cheep letter, no, it was a full color, multi page marketing campaign. Dropped them like a hot penny. What a waste of my money.

bbordwell on September 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I’m giving money monthly to Carr in Tennessee to replace Lamar Alexander. To Nancy Mace to replace Graham. To Bevin to replace Mitch McConnell.

It doesn’t matter – you make an informed decision where you think it should go. But just because you didn’t pick the right one first, doesn’t mean you should stop. I gave money to Rubio. Oh well. Freedom is either worth it, or it isn’t. The people of Colorado didn’t throw in the towel.

beatcanvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron will be replaced in office with Republican candidates who petitioned onto the recall ballot.

Denver Post

Awwwww.

antipc on September 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

beatcanvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Agreed, but since this is a gun issue, I would hope the NRA had more influence.

bbordwell on September 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Black Powder Party of America. It would be so confusing to the race hustlers.

LoganSix on September 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Especially if it was written in cursive.

Oldnuke on September 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Too bad you can’t replicate these kinds of results in a presidential election year. This was a nice victory, but it isn’t going to make CO any less reliably blue than it already is.

SAMinVA on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Why can’t these pockets of resistance to overt tyranny translate nationally?

anuts on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Especially if it was written in cursive.

Oldnuke on September 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

That was such a low blow that I’m still laughing.

cozmo on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

antipc on September 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

OT-

Part 1: Woman on the radio just reported about 400 bikers heading into DC from Maryland.

Part 2: Obama talked over Penatagon’s moment of silence. Even the 9/11/01 atrocities are first and foremost about him.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

That was such a low blow that I’m still laughing.

cozmo on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I’m very well known for my subtlety and political correctness.

Oldnuke on September 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Not true. A lot of progress has been made on the pro-life front. At least at the state and local level.
Doughboy on September 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The Democrat party is united in their belief of the sacredness of killing babies. It’s the one thing they can all agree on. They fight about all sorts of other subjects. But this one unites them. And they’ve successfully made pro-life = war on the womens.

You really can’t underestimate the electorate on the War on Women issue. They are so stupid. The Democrats are geniuses at playing this up. It was already the deciding factor in the 2012 election. It will be even worse in 2016.

happytobehere on September 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Power to the People!

kirkill on September 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Total recall: Gun-control advocates get booted from CO office

How I wish we could do the same in MD.

Gatsu on September 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The writing is on the wall, and the remaining CO legislators know it. There will probably be a race to be the first legislator to propose a repeal of that POS law.

Dexter_Alarius on September 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

There will probably be a race to be the first legislator to propose a repeal of that POS law.

Dexter_Alarius on September 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I doubt it. At least not in the short-term. But all those Dems that smugly voted for that law are probably starting their case defending why they “had” to vote for that law in preparation of their next campaign.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

http://twitchy.com/2013/09/11/wasserman-schultz-on-colo-recall-results-this-was-voter-suppression-pure-and-simple/

Byron Tau ✔ @ByronTau

Two Colorado lawmakers were recalled yesterday over guns. @DWStweets, in a statement: “This was voter suppression, pure and simple.”

davidk on September 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Black Powder Party of America. It would be so confusing to the race hustlers.

LoganSix on September 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Especially if it was written in cursive.

Oldnuke on September 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Thanks for hitting that one out of the park. ;)

LoganSix on September 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Why can’t these pockets of resistance to overt tyranny translate nationally?

anuts on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Because a Party needs a candidate who INSPIRES nationally.

ToddPA on September 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

You really can’t underestimate the electorate on the War on Women issue. They are so stupid. The Democrats are geniuses at playing this up. It was already the deciding factor in the 2012 election. It will be even worse in 2016.

happytobehere on September 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It is a problem at the national level. But I think has a lot more to do with Republican politicians’ inability to articulate their views on abortion. Todd Achin is the most infamous example, but there are others who aren’t much better. Honestly it’s not that difficult. It’s an argument actually that can easily be won by the GOP, but they have to work on their communication and stop being afraid to take it to the Dems on this. Remember when Pelosi was pressed on Gosnell and late-term abortion and how she tried to laugh it off? They’re scared sh-tless about having to defend their extremist position on abortion. The problem is that the GOP never seems willing to put them on the spot.

Doughboy on September 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Remember when Pelosi was pressed on Gosnell and late-term abortion and how she tried to laugh it off? They’re scared sh-tless about having to defend their extremist position on abortion.
Doughboy on September 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I also remember their Abortionpalooza (aka the Democrat Nation Convention). And they won the election handily.

The more the GOP talks about abortion (on the national level) the more they lose. The more the Democrats praise abortion (making it the cornerstone of their entire convention) the more they win.

As far as the Dems having to defend their position on abortion: of course they can’t actually defend it. They don’t have to. We’re dealing with an incredibly stupid electorate here. Unfathomably stupid people are voting by the millions. The Democrats get this, that’s why they’re winning and will continue to win.

happytobehere on September 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Agreed, but since this is a gun issue, I would hope the NRA had more influence.

bbordwell on September 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I don’t care how it came about. The point is: it happened. Put your energy and money into those causes – monthly – that will protect your freedom. You have many options. But as you know, sitting on the sidelines is never effective.

beatcanvas on September 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Byron Tau ✔ @ByronTau

Two Colorado lawmakers were recalled yesterday over guns. @DWStweets, in a statement: “This was voter suppression, pure and simple.”

davidk on September 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

It was not voter suppression. The Democrats tried to keep the Libertarian candidates off the ballot and argued to a court that the state’s constitution should not be followed.

DWS also claimed recently that those in favour of recalling Morse and Giron were ‘trying to hijack democracy.’ Funny, she didn’t think the same when the Left tried to recall Scott Walker only to face a similar humiliation.

How almost anyone can vote in the Colorado recall elections

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

We’re losing on every electoral and legislative front… except guns.

happytobehere on September 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

What exactly are we losing on? I don’t even know what the GOP stands for anymore. Romney couldn’t even run against Obamacare.

Daemonocracy on September 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Do you think without Pot on the Ballot the low information voters did not get on the bus to the polls?

Fleuries on September 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Ed, thanks for posting this. The MSM has absolutely been burying the results of this recall.

I went over to Daily Kos to enjoy some Democrat tears and Kos posted this in his aftermath post:

Democrats dominate the airwaves with 2,346 of those spots. Despite with the national attention and conservative groundswell generated by these recalls, Republicans have aired just 144 spots on broadcast.

So not only we were outspent, we were also out-advertised. Kos thinks this means TV advertising is becoming useless, but I don’t agree. I think this issue is just super-toxic for Democrats no matter what they (or their Republican allies) do.

Doomberg on September 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Al Jazeera America is hiring.

meci on September 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I hate that this news is being overshadowed by the Prezzys nothing speech, however I was heartened that the CBS radio news actually mentioned this. I love how the MSM couched the win in terms of “oh well these two were going to leave office in 2014 anyway”. Pathetic. What a win for a state that I love. Way to go Colorado.

neyney on September 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Voter suppression?

The Democrats recently passed a statute in Colorado reducing the time to file to get your name on the ballot to 10 days; however, the state CONSTITUTION requires that the period be no less than 15 days.

IOW, the Democrats wanted to violate the constitution and keep candidates off the ballot while demanding that the recall election NOT be rescheduled to comply with the law and give the state the time to reprint the ballots. When the Democrats said ‘No,’ a Colorado judge had no alternative but to forbid the mailing of ballots to voters that clearly violated the constitution.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Scott Walker recall:

‘This is what democracy looks like!’

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Colorado recall:

‘They are trying to hijack democracy with these recall elections. Voter suppression or something!

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Great news!

justltl on September 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I informed her that she’s in Texas now and we’re not having that debate. I told her that if she doesn’t like it she can leave.

Hat Trick on September 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Awesome!

Kafir on September 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Colorado recall:

‘They are trying to hijack democracy with these recall elections. Voter suppression or something!

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

She also said this:

Wasserman Schultz blamed lawsuits filed by opponents of gun control to prevent voters from mailing in ballots, the late announcement of polling locations, and “efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win.”

Del Dolemonte on September 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

For the first time in a long time, I’m proud to be a Coloradoan…too bad I wasn’t in either of their districts, I’d have voted 16 times.

kirkill on September 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win.”

Did the Koch brothers put a dime into this? What a lying screeching bint. This is exactly the opposite of what happened. A fervent, under-funded rag-tag grassroots effort beat back a massive Progressive propaganda and hate-campaign funded by billionaires.

rrpjr on September 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

http://twitchy.com/2013/09/11/wasserman-schultz-on-colo-recall-results-this-was-voter-suppression-pure-and-simple/

Byron Tau ✔ @ByronTau

Two Colorado lawmakers were recalled yesterday over guns. @DWStweets, in a statement: “This was voter suppression, pure and simple.”

Yeah, sure. Just keep telling yourselves that.

PatriotGal2257 on September 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

At this moment, the liberals are modifying their strategy to include a program that removes the ability for legislative jurisdictions to hold recall votes.

“We can’t spend money getting these folks elected through intimidation and fraud, and then let the people vote them out later on”

BobMbx on September 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The guy who just left as head of the NAACP is leaving so he can “organize” an Emily’s list of black candidates for the next election. That will matter in the next national election.

petunia on September 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

“This was voter suppression, pure and simple.”

It was actually voter liberation and empowerment. Pure and simple.

rrpjr on September 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Abortion is not a national issue winner because it allows the media to wrap all the dispute up into war on women crap. It really is a local(read state) issue and we do quite well there.

These two were recalled because of not just guns – but anger at “public servants” being anything but. Guns are a winner for what they represent – a tyrannical govt increasingly dictating how you must live, but exempting themselves. The two incumbants acted like crown princes, in the end they got the boot us their arse – which they so richly deserved.

Tap into the clear frustration with regular American’s mistrust and increasingly dislike of our political betters. Fight on those terms. Cultural issues need to be fought in your statehouse – not DC.

Zomcon JEM on September 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

This points to being pro-firearms as a part of a winning strategy.

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.

Can we get a political party formed around these things?

Because we sure don’t have one now.

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

it’s called the Libertarian Party

burserker on September 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

http://twitchy.com/2013/09/11/wasserman-schultz-on-colo-recall-results-this-was-voter-suppression-pure-and-simple/

Byron Tau ✔ @ByronTau

Two Colorado lawmakers were recalled yesterday over guns. @DWStweets, in a statement: “This was voter suppression, pure and simple.”

Lemme get this straight. According to Wasserman-Schulz, black people are too hopelessly stupid to vote, and according to Silverman’s video, white folk want guns since those idiot blacks are all thugs.

Liberals have apparently discovered that you can trash and insult blacks all you want, but if you send them some fresh money from whitey every month, they’ll keep voting your way.

You know, at least the Nazi Party of America is honest about its feelings towards blacks. How these folks can turn around and present themselves as the great defenders of the black race is beyond me.

ChicagoJewishGuy on September 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This points to being pro-firearms as a part of a winning strategy.

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.

Can we get a political party formed around these things?

Because we sure don’t have one now.

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Not sure about a “party” that adheres to those things…

But I DO know of two individuals who strongly adhere to
those things….SARAH PALIN – TED CRUZ.
I’m all about the individual…the hell with Parties…

ToddPA on September 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

To quote the immortal Eric Cartman:

“Oh, the Tears of Unfathomable Sadness! Yummy, yummy, guys!”

Time to knock back a tall, cold glass of anti-gunner tears.

Dunedainn on September 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

It was not voter suppression. The Democrats tried to keep the Libertarian candidates off the ballot and argued to a court that the state’s constitution should not be followed.

DWS also claimed recently that those in favour of recalling Morse and Giron were ‘trying to hijack democracy.’ Funny, she didn’t think the same when the Left tried to recall Scott Walker only to face a similar humiliation.

How almost anyone can vote in the Colorado recall elections

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

It absolutely was voter suppression. All the new potheads couldn’t find their car keys!

WryTrvllr on September 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Let’s hope this recall virus spreads nationally…and get rid of the moonbat liberals from both sides of the aisle.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Money.

WCA, you continue ot inspire.

Tenwheeler on September 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

“The two Democrats in the recall election in Colorado lost.”

“Really? Didn’t they have enough money?”

“I guess not.”

“Where were they getting their money from?”

“New York City…”

“NEW YORK CITY?”

Apologies to Pace.

Tenwheeler on September 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM

This was great news to get up to, even though I’m across town and not in Morse’s (former) district, but my son does live there.
Not totally impressed with Herpin as Morse’s replacement, but he will be a step up.
Colorado legislature still controlled by Dems, but now with a much smaller margin. So we will still need to keep the ball rolling in the next election if we are ever to see Morse’s damage reversed.

BTW, this was not entirely just about guns – but that was a big part of it.
Morse pushed some other Dem agenda items, like a higher “renewable energy” mandates on the rural parts of the state, mainly farmers and ranchers, that are already ruining them financially.

dentarthurdent on September 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

It absolutely was voter suppression. All the new potheads couldn’t find their car keys!

WryTrvllr on September 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

The Dems tried to use all of the out of state students at Colorado College to stuff the ballot boxes (CC is a small LIBERAL Arts college in that part of town).
But as a LIBERAL Arts college, I would guess most of the students probably were too high to get to the polls.

dentarthurdent on September 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I did this. Joined the NRA, considered lifetime membership, etc. etc…. These jokers spent every penny I gave them to market insurance to me. Every month I would get 1-2 pieces of mail for life or other insurance. This wasn’t some cheep letter, no, it was a full color, multi page marketing campaign. Dropped them like a hot penny. What a waste of my money.

bbordwell on September 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I quit the NRA, too. Just like you said, you are put on a mailing list. Then after being a member for 3 – 4 months, I started receiving renewal notices, too. They are kind of worthless when it comes to managing money.

Mirimichi on September 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Brilliant victory, but when I think of victories like these or Walker in Wisconsin, I’m reminded of this scene from Braveheart, taking place after Mel Gibson and his Scots get their first big victory on the English.

Wallace: We’ve beaten the English, but they’ll be back.
Scots Nobleman: What will you do?
Wallace: I’m going to invade England. And defeat the English on their own ground.
Nobleman: Invade? But that’s impossible.
Wallace: Why? Why is that not possible? For years you’ve been content with scraps, instead of your god-given right to supper.

Great victory CO, but the libs, MSM, Bloomberg and D-Rats WILL be back unless the fight is taken to their turf.

smiley on September 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I quit the NRA, too. Just like you said, you are put on a mailing list. Then after being a member for 3 – 4 months, I started receiving renewal notices, too. They are kind of worthless when it comes to managing money.

Mirimichi on September 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I’ve been debating whether to renew for the same reasons.
6 months ago they sent me a gun training DVD that I didn’t ask for trying to get me to buy the whole series. The paperwork said I was not legally obliged to pay for it or send it back, so I threw it in the trash. They’ve so far sent me at least 10 letters asking about it.
Not totally impressed with the NRA…..

dentarthurdent on September 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Great victory CO, but the libs, MSM, Bloomberg and D-Rats WILL be back unless the fight is taken to their turf.

smiley on September 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Very true. Conservatives across the country need to use this as proof that we CAN win – and pick it up and run with it.

dentarthurdent on September 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Too bad you can’t replicate these kinds of results in a presidential election year. This was a nice victory, but it isn’t going to make CO any less reliably blue than it already is.

SAMinVA on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

If you want to make Colorado less blue, you have to make the Colorado Republican Party less blue. They opposed the recall effort, trying to stop the petition gathering [After all, why recall our good friends Morse and Giron. Next thing you know, someone will be trying it against us!], and then giving zero help from the state level. A couple of renegade county organizations [some counties are functionally TEA Party] sent aid. Our county TEA Party sent help for both petition gathering [No, not taking credit from the brave souls in Pueblo and Colorado Springs who faced literal death threats to put this together, but we were willing to help and the State Republican party opposed it], and with the campaign. We sent carloads of people to Pueblo every day for the last two weeks.

This points to being pro-firearms as a part of a winning strategy.

Low taxes, small government, pro-gun.

Can we get a political party formed around these things?

Because we sure don’t have one now.

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I suspect that after things collapse, it will form.

Subotai Bahadur on September 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Debbie Wasserman-Schmutz is a racist nutball.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

It absolutely was voter suppression. All the new potheads couldn’t find their car keys!

WryTrvllr on September 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

New look at legalizing pot?

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Not hard to plan the ads for the next cycle if you’re running against an anti-constitution liberal Democrat: remind the voters that your opponent’s support comes from Jewish midget billionaires in New York, gay porn actors in San Fernando, liberals in Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle who have never worn a pair of hiking boots in their lives, and not from people who live in Pueblo, Colorado or Colorado Springs.

Jaibones on September 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Humm …
Black Powder Party … has a nice ring to it.
And for the granola crowd we could have a division called The Smokeless Powder Party.
I’m OK with either one written in cursive.

Missilengr on September 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

…I may… be looking ‘Forward’ to the 2014 elections!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Why can’t these pockets of resistance to overt tyranny translate nationally?

anuts on September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

It certainly could, with a competent opposition party …

Every gun-control candidate, right or left, should be shown with pictures of the recalled Democrats and their margin of loss. It needs to be on every TV in every state, with such by-lines as “this is what happens when you tread on me”.

It’s hard to understand how politicians, of all people, have been going out of their way to push the most unpopular policies on the people: health-care, immigration, taxes and gun-control.

They have a collective death-wish, as proven in Colorado.

virgo on September 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM