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Second Amendment Scorned

September 11, 2013

I’m on day three of the hostage crisis that is a major technology tradeshow.  I don’t mind having to go to tradeshows, provided my temporary handlers keep me busy, and this one is definitely pulling through… it’s just one of those typical days when one is hanging out swapping stories with a customer VP, and then one notices that the clock says it’s nearly midnight.  Oh, well.

So I wake up this morning, and remember that Colorado went to the polls yesterday.  I’m always fascinated when any constituency decides that their politicians don’t represent them well enough to keep doing it, so how’d that recall go, anyway?

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.

In an emotional concession speech, Mr. Morse called the loss of his seat “purely symbolic” and defended the record of the last legislative session as “phenomenal.”

That’s nice.  Enjoy the time at home, sir.  Mr. Morse is correct in that this won’t change the laws that were voted in, which I believe most of the people knew when they went to the polls.  It’s a symbolic statement that any political entity should note, or miss at its peril.

Ed Morrissey notes:

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.

Politics runs on money.  When money doesn’t lead to the desired results, then that’s a strategic point that is worth a look.  I would bet that’s not the theme of most of the discussions today, though.  Supporters of gun control will spin this per above, as a phyrric victory.  Supporters of gun rights will focus on the anger of the common person.  Okay, either is fine if that’s your gig (and readers know where I stand on this particular target range).  But it’s most interesting to me when the big player doesn’t win, and I’ll be more focused on whether this is a corner case or a trend.  Keep watching the other states for the next few years on this topic.

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