LOS ANGELES, September 10, 2013 — The showdown at the Colorado Corral is over, and Colorado State Senators John Morse and Angela Miron have been ousted from office.
Colorado became ground zero in the effort to replace legislators hostile toward gun owners and the Second Amendment. Tuesday, September 10, saw recall elections of Morse and Giron prove successful. Morse, who was also the Senate President, lost by a 52% to 48% margin. Giron lost by 56% to 44%. Both Morse and Giron conceded defeat Tuesday night.
The successful ouster of these two legislators is expected to have reverberations across the country as national Democrats struggle to determine whether to again try and limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
The recall election was also a successful triumph of local passions and a Constitutional message trumping big money outsider elitists. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is termed out in his own city, and his meddling in Colorado affairs helped remove people he supported. The anti-Bloomberg backlash was severe and decisive. Colorado is no longer the red state it once was, but it is certainly not as blue as Manhattan, especially on Second Amendment rights.
The gun issue is unique to American politics. Even many liberals support gun rights, either out of conviction or political expediency. In 1994, passage of anti-gun legislation cost President Bill Clinton dearly. Democrats lost control of Congress after 40 years, Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House, and Clinton abandoned liberal activism in favor of triangulation and third-way centrism. For much of the next two decades, Democrats avoided gun control fights.
Democratic presidential candidates talked about other issues. Even former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who ran a hard left anti-war campaign in 2004, supported gun rights. Current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets a “B” rating from the National Rifle Association.
President Obama is a doctrinaire leftist, but gun control has never been his passion. He would rather fight about education, healthcare and environmental issues. The Newtown tragedy led to liberals demanding action. They demanded a vote, and they lost. President Obama got the message and has since stayed quiet. While his Fast and Furious scandal was an end run around the Second Amendment, that is not a replacement for current speeches from a man who likes to speak.
Giron and Morse were part of a new group of emboldened liberals who attempted to turn Colorado into the next leftist experiment.
Removing these two anti-gun legislators could cause Democrats to avoid bringing up gun control at the national level until 2040.
Democrats were getting desperate heading into the final days of the recall. They initially wanted a fight about guns because they were convinced they were on the winning side. Yet over the years Americans have consistently supported basic fundamental gun rights. Colorado Democrats shifted strategy and tried to make the recall elections about anything other than gun rights. They played the “war on women” card and warned that removing Morse and Giron would affect everything from abortion to gay rights.
Typical attacks were made against the Tea Party. Colorado Tea Party leaders still have their jobs. Their fierce critics Morse and Giron do not.
Weapons of mass distraction were an indicator that Democrats were nervous. Republicans in Colorado pointed out that the way to stop being nervous is to stop infringing on the freedom of law abiding citizens by passing laws that criminals by definition disobey.
On Tuesday night, Democrats were reminded again that outside the coasts are not Middle America. In most of the country, there is still the ultimate political price to pay for targeting law abiding gun owners.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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