Bad news: Colorado Democrat defeated in recall election over gun control not taking it well

posted at 6:41 pm on September 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Corner. Tuesday night, expecting a close race, I couldn’t believe that she lost by 12 points. Now, after watching her for the first time, I can’t believe she lost by only 12 points.

She’s got one argument here — “voter suppression,” ripped straight from the DNC’s talking points memo, which is completely destroyed by her own now-famous admission a few weeks ago that if Bloomberg and his anti-gun group couldn’t buy her a victory in this race, “they might as well fold it up.” They did their best for her; as Erika noted earlier, gun-grabbers outspent gun-rights supporters overwhelmingly. If that kind of money can’t get gun-control fans to drive to the polls, in a state where there was a horrendous mass shooting barely more than a year ago, maybe the votes simply aren’t there.

Sean Trende considers, then largely dismisses, the idea that the lack of mail-in ballots doomed the Democrats:

After the failure of the Senate gun-control bill, it was fashionable to argue, a la the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky: “You cannot oppose the will of 90 percent of the public and expect no consequences.”

It appears that you can. For one thing, that 90 percent number represents something of a best case result drawn from a best-case question wording; actual public support for, say, universal background checks is somewhat lower (though clearly still a majority). Perhaps, as I explained in April, the energy is all on the side of the voters who oppose gun control. For example, while Americans might support universal background checks in the abstract, in practice they just don’t care that much about it. Those who oppose them, however, care a lot.

Gun-control proponents had argued that Newtown changed everything. The Colorado recalls are a fresh reminder of how weak an argument that truly is.

Poll an American voter on whether he/she supports expanded background checks and you’ll almost certainly be told yes. How much is that support really worth if they won’t get off the couch on a summer night to go pull the lever for it?

If Giron’s eager to blame the results on something other than support for gun rights, though, she could always blame it on a backlash to her and John Morse’s personal jackassery:

As it turns out, Morse and Giron sealed their fates on March 4, the day that the anti-gun bills were heard in Senate committees. At Morse’s instruction, only 90 minutes of testimony per side were allowed on each of the gun bills. As a result, hundreds of Colorado citizens were prevented from testifying even briefly. Many of them had driven hours to come to the Capitol, traveling from all over the state.

That same day, 30 Sheriffs came to testify. They too were shut out, with only a single Sheriff allowed to testify on any given bill. So while one Sheriff testified, others stood up with him in support…

When Morse shut that down, and Chairperson Giron went along, they crossed the double-red line of Colorado government. Had the seven gun control bills (one of which I testified in favor) been heard on March 4-6, instead of being rammed through committees on March 4, the recall might never have happened. It’s one thing to lose; it’s another to thing to lose when you didn’t even have the opportunity to present your reasoning. While the gun control bills were before the Senate in March, President Morse urged his caucus to stop reading emails, to stop reading letters from constituents, to stop listening to voicemails, to vote for the gun bills and ignore the constituents. Giron, presciently following this strategy, had allowed citizens to raise Second Amendment concerns at a single town hall meeting, and thereafter refused to discuss the issue at public fora.

They did their best to deny their opponents a voice — let’s call that “voter suppression” — so their opponents spoke on Tuesday night. Game over.

Exit question: What are we to make of the fact that CNN’s Brooke Baldwin is as impatient with Giron’s spinning here as gun-rights fans are?

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Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

FWIW, I support a total ban on high-capacity assault clips.
rogerb on September 12, 2013 at 7:38 PM

I’ve never heard of these “high-capacity assault” hair “clips” before? How do they work?
Conservative4Ever on September 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM


You mean like these? o.O
GWB on September 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Hopefully both of you clicked the link in my original post you quoted. Go back and find it if not. It’s pretty comical.

rogerb on September 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Dear Angela,

It takes money to suppress the vote. You want me to believe that you – an incumbent with the largest war chest – were somehow clueless about the process and couldn’t get out the vote. I’m not buying it.

And I’m sorry, but you appear to be so utterly clueless about why you were turned out that you don’t deserve to hold office.

Can we please implement some basic test for elected officials so we aren’t constantly scrapping be bottom rung of the evolution ladder for candidates. At a minimum, I’d like to have an intelligent discussion of issues between two viable candidates.


EdmundBurke247 on September 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Conservatives need to push more laws getting rid of all this early ballot nonsense.

The Constitution is very clear that voting happens on a specific day.

This month(s) long voting nonsense is rife with corruption and cheating.

BradTank on September 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Mail in ballots are simply a method to fraudulently vote.

pat on September 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Aw….one arrogant, self centered liberal politician surprised by an uprising of the little people.

This is about her outright contempt for voters. There is NO POSSIBLE WAY this women believes she could lose….unless of course the other side cheated. She is way to smart and the “gun people” are way to dumb to beat her.

I feel a joyous gravy of warmth knowing this woman has to wake up today and look in the mirror…rejected by America.

Unfortunately, scum like this, will weasel her way back into government within a term or two.

alecj on September 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I’m just waiting for them to “Al Franken” Colorado now. Can’t win? Call for a recall claiming “voter suppression” then magically votes appear in the backs of trucks. Game over.

Decoski on September 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Exit question: What are we to make of the fact that CNN’s Brooke Baldwin is as impatient with Giron’s spinning here as gun-rights fans are?

Survival instincts are kicking in.

Egfrow on September 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

That harpy looks like she’s trying to pass a cinder block.

CurtZHP on September 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

FWIW, I support a total ban on high-capacity assault clips.

rogerb on September 12, 2013 at 7:38 PM


Completely missed the link! Well done!

Conservative4Ever on September 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

if anyone knows voter suppression it’s the Democrats, 150 plus years of practice

RonK on September 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The tears are delicious.

Othniel on September 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Wouldn’t it be fitting if she stuck a .45 in her mouth? I’m sorry for the hate, but these unconstitutional liberals have brought it out in my the last 5 years. When O took office, I didn’t have hate towards anyone in government. Disrespect yes, but no hate. Now, after everything that they have done to this country, my disrespect has turned into hate. NSA I know you’re reading this. I don’t have enough hate to bring bodily harm to anyone, so don’t come knocking on my door. I’ll just let nature take it’s course.

F_This on September 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Pay attention to the language. Liberals are supporting election fraud with fake voters and multiple voting, and call voter ID laws “suppression”. So Suppression=We Can’t Cheat”.

What she is upset about is that “cheat by mail” was not allowed for this election, thus she lost. She is admitting as openly as she can that she thinks mail-in ballot fraud would have made the difference, as it probably did when Colorado went Democrat (I cannot bring myself to say “blue”, commies are Reds, and always will be)

Spartacus on September 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Leftists are not coached on how to be gracious losers.

Another Drew on September 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Kermit on September 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Two Down.
Many more to go.

TimBuk3 on September 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Why didn’t the commentator just say “Are you sure those “disenfranchised voters” would have only voted for you?”

Why do liberals think that people who don’t vote, would have voted for them?

Because incompetent people vote democrat?

right2bright on September 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Hey. You f#&*!’d up. You trusted Bloomberg. You didn’t listen to the people you were elected to serve. Now go away.

Lammo on September 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

As usual, another professional politician with NO other marketable skills.

It’s actually not about voter suppression, it’s about being a douche bag and attempting to rip up the constitution. Didn’t work out so well, huh? Cry me a river.

NoPain on September 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Giron lost touch with the wishes of her constituents and then deluded herself to believe what Bloomberg told her was what people wanted. She then got what she deserved. Voted out. In her make believe world she thinks that people can’t use google maps to find a voting place three weeks prior to the election. Early voting lasted a week before the final voting day. Cry me a river…

Kuffar on September 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

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