I’m happy to note that freedom and liberty won a round last night.
The recall effort against two gun-grabbing anti-civil-rights fops in Colorado succeeded wildly last night. Colorado state reps John Morse and Angela Giron were flushed from public life by their voters:
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.
You can tell it’s the NYTimes writing this piece; they think “moderates” in the west don’t already know better.
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.
The Giron race ought to make outstate DFLers who supported the Paymar gun grab – I’m looking at you, Shannon Savick – sit up and take notice; Real Americans aren’t amused by your noodling.
Even better? The avalanche of liberal money didn’t do the job (emphasis added)!:
While both sides campaigned vigorously, knocking on doors, holding rallies and driving voters to the polls, gun-control advocates far outspent their opponents. A range of philanthropists, liberal political groups, unions and activists raised a total of $3 million to defend Mr. Morse and Ms. Giron. Mr. Bloomberg personally gave $350,000.
There are so many upsides to this election. The personal rebuke to The Nanny Mayor is in the top three.
Mr. Morse’s hand was on the tiller during much of that debate. A former police chief, he said he found himself in a position of not just rounding up votes, but actually explaining the mechanics of guns to fellow Democrats. He brought a magazine to show his colleagues how it worked. In an emotional speech in March, as the debate reached its peak, Mr. Morse stood on the Senate floor and spoke of gun violence and “cleansing a sickness from our souls.”
(Koff koff Jim Backstrom koff koff).
Cleanse this, ex-Legislator-boy.
And in this is a lesson that conservatives need to re-learn – and teach our idiot consultant class – every two years, rather than every 30; grass-roots activism works:
Angry constituents around Pueblo and Colorado Springs started to ask one another what they could do. In living room conversations and on Internet message boards for gun enthusiasts, the idea for a recall campaign against gun-control supporters began to jell.
“We’d never been to a rally or town halls,” said Victor Head, a plumber in Pueblo who borrowed money from his grandmother to kick-start the recall against Ms. Giron. “We’d never done much politically other than voting.”
Colorado is one of 19 states where voters can recall state officials, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and no evidence of fraud or official misconduct is needed to gather the signatures necessary to schedule a special vote.
I personally don’t favor recall elections for anything other than fraud, official misconduct or criminal activity, as a matter of policy.
But then, attacking the Bill of Rights is official misconduct.
Anyway – two down. Thousands of orcs to go.
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