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Colorado Recalls: Today Is It

Bloomberg has dropped $350,000 in an attempt to buy the race. All we have are our votes, so if you’re in those two districts, please be sure to vote today.

The money from Bloomberg, an advocate for stricter gun laws with his group Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, is formidable compared to any single contribution that recall backers have publicly disclosed. In all, Morse and Giron’s supporters have raised about $2.5 million, including Bloomberg’s contribution and $250,000 from billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.

And while recall backers have been mum about their spending, Democrats think the amount is formidable, noting that some of their opponents are nonprofits that don’t have to disclose their contributions.

In other words, their opponents are real grassroots organizations, and not a couple of rich assholes.

Victor Head, a 29-year-old plumber who organized the recall effort against Giron, said he and his friends were so enraged by what they saw at the state Capitol that they came to the simple conclusion: “No more sitting on the couch and shaking our fist at the TV.”

And that’s all it takes. A few motivated people can make a huge difference. Also, keep in mind that NRA is putting $361,700 into the recalls, and that money doesn’t come from a handful of wealthy patrons, it comes from you and me in 20 dollar increments here and there.

UPDATE: The stakes are high folks.

20 Responses to “Colorado Recalls: Today Is It”

  1. Andy B. says:

    From the CNN article:

    While he disagrees with her on gun rights, he disagrees with her Republican opponent in the recall on just about everything. Essentially, he sees it as picking the lesser of two bad options.

    There is our problem in a nutshell. Not just in Colorado, but everywhere. And it is going to grow with time.

    • Jack says:

      And heaven forbid the Dems become more pro-gun nationaly. It’s not like they’d pickup voters like the above.
      (But then that would anger the base and the Dems have enough wedge issues that they keep under wraps).

      Thus the problem of being, somewhat, tolerated by one party, and being hated by another.

      This also shows why the antis try to paint themselves as so moderate and “by gum we even support the 2nd Amendment.” While also trying to run a scorched earth campaign to moot any gun vote.

      Frankly I’m shocked that the GOP (save in New York and some in the Senate) acutally managed to mostly resist the siren call of “Go Moderate in Gun Control and you’ll get swing voters and keep the captured base voters.”

      • Andy B. says:

        “But then that would anger the base…”

        Exactly the same thing could be said of the Republicans; why don’t they jettison some of the issues they pander to, that turn out their base for the primaries, but then often lose the general elections for them?

        Our political system has evolved into an extremely weird standoff, in those respects.

        • Jack says:

          Quite so.

          The obession of Green, Gays, Guns, and ‘bortion both really hurts and really helps the two big parties.

          I will say that the Dems are a lot better at pandering to their coalition with one hand while doing what the party elders want with another. It also helps that they have lots of media cover to downplay their wedge issues.

        • HappyWarrior6 says:

          … Which could easily translate to jettisoning the gun issue as well.

  2. Adam Z says:

    Via Twitter from Eli Stokols, reporter from Denver based KDVR

    https://twitter.com/EliStokols

    Eli Stokols ‏@EliStokols 14h
    Updated @SenJohnMorse #recall totals by party: R-5192, D-4314, U-3291; Total: 12,985 votes cast.

    Which breaks down to 40%-R, 33%-D and 25%-Unaffiliated…whatever all that voting means…??!

  3. HappyWarrior6 says:

    Has anyone looked at this article regarding Morse’s likely replacement as senate majority leader?

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/09/colorado-recall-election-guns.php

    Thoughts?

    • Jack says:

      If the anti-gun Seante leader is historically recalled due to being anti gun the CO dems want to replace him with an even more anti-gun Seantor?

      Yeah, sounds about their speed.

      At least that shows they’re still obviously anti-gun and will not stop until the levers or power are taken away.

      The hope of the recall is to show wavering pols that Bloomberg’s money and Obama’s promises can’t save you.

      • HappyWarrior6 says:

        Yeah. I’m going to hold on to my premise that the recall may not have been a good idea if we were looking strictly at politics alone. I would have said wait until 2014.

        Mind you, I really hope I’m proven wrong.

  4. Joe says:

    This is do or die with these communist cockroaches. If Morse and Giron survive, watch them ramrod some NY or CA style gun ban just to punish their political dissidents. That’s how communists operate; you speak out, you get squashed! They need to be recalled, or more soviet style gun bans are coming down the pipe, faster than one can imagine.

    • Frankly, such blatant political punishment could easily lead to some of the electorate withdrawing their consent to be governed. There are a lot of things short of “tar and feathers” that can be accomplished with significant civil disobedience from a relatively broad swath of the middle class.

      You already see it in NY, with local government and sheriffs fracturing over the SAFE Act. In CO, where Denver has been a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants for years, I could see more rural areas simply deciding they will not comply with the state’s dictates.

    • HappyWarrior6 says:

      Unfortunately this recall doesn’t do much of anything… the media will report this as being about issues other than the gun legislation if we win. If the recall fails, it will be all about guns.

      How about people who are voting against the recall due to the fact that they don’t agree with a recall in the first place? Or they don’t like the candidate? Has any survey been done on that?

      • Stephen says:

        I’d say this recall does a heck of a lot. As said, it’s do or die, because if we can’t win at the polls (either today or at least in 2014) the Dems will have proven they can pass any anti-gun bill they want and they will come after us with California style laws. No reason not to.

        If we win … it’s true the media will blame many other things but the people who matter, the politicians, will know why the voters came out and what happened. And at the very least it will slow them down a whole lot.

        I think we’ll go virtually back to the status quo — anti-gun states like Cali/NJ/NY/etc. will keep passing more and more onerous laws, but it won’t be brought up federally and we’ll keep winning battles in pro-gun states.

        A crappy status quo is a whole lot better than an even worse change. But as Sebastian as said those hardcore blue states are going to require courts and/or Federal laws to fix them … and to do that we need more Red states.

        Here’s hoping we can turn Colorado red on this issue …

  5. SPQR says:

    We burned approx 2/3rds of a million of Bloomberg’s money where Bloomberg’s only upside was status quo. It means his lobbying will cost him more in future.

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