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Bloomberg's Money Fails to Save Colorado Gun Controllers

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Yesterday Colorado voters fired two state legislators who played important roles in the enactment of new gun controls last March. Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) was rejected by 51 percent of voters, while opponents of Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo Springs) mustered 56 percent. Morse and Giron will be replaced by Republicans Bernie Herpin and George Rivera, respectively. The results are not only a warning to politicians who underestimate the political risks of supporting restrictions on Second Amendment rights but also a rebuke to campaign finance reformers who worry that rich special interests can easily buy elections. The recall campaigns, while genuinely local in their origins, attracted support from the National Rifle Association, which kicked in $362,000. But supporters of Morse and Giron, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, raised eight times as much. That illustrates two important points about the role of money in politics: When money talks, you cannot predict what it will say, and people do not necessarily listen. Here you have a billionaire celebrity supporting a cause that appeals to many progressives (which he has every right to do under the First Amendment!) but failing to obtain the outcome he wanted, even though his side spent much more than the other guys. Like the embarrassing defeats of wealthy candidates who lavishly fund their own campaigns, the Colorado recall votes show that the size of your megaphone cannot save you if people do not like your message. 

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  1. I am made happier every time Nanny Bloomers fails.

  2. So I take it the progs are happy that democracy prevailed and a billionaire failed to buy an election outcome?

    1. Cue up grumpy cat. DWS said it was due to voter suppression (something about no mail-in ballots).

    2. And we have a threadwinner.

    3. Indeed, that’s quite good…

    4. “But 90% of the people support sensible gun control! How could this happen??”

      1. They made the classic error: “”But 90% of the people I PERSONALLY KNOW support sensible gun control! How could this happen??”

        1. I know, right? Like I don’t know anyone who voted for Obama, and yet he won two terms!

          Biden 2016!

      2. Maybe “sensible gun control” doesn’t mean what he thinks it does. I’m sure that 90% of people support some level of gun control, whether it be background checks, requiring licenses for concealed carry, restrictions on gun possession by violent criminals, etc. But idiots take the pretty meaningless statement that 90% support sensible gun regulations and assume that it means that they all agree with them on what constitutes sensible gun regulations.

        1. Upon listening to a control freak ramble on about ‘reasonable’ measures, my only reply was “You keep using that word… I don’t think it means what you think it means”.

          He did not appreciate it.

        2. sensible gun control reform:

          Any cop who has ever cost the government he works for any money from excessive force lawsuits can’t have a gun. (Or a taser).

          Buying a gun should always be at least as easy as voting. Really it should be easier, but for common sense that we can all agree on, I’ll accept this as a starting point.

          Body guards of rich & famous & powerful have to abide by same rules any other non-felon schmuck would.

    5. And a Republican billionaire. That can’t be shouted from the rooftops loud or often enough.

      1. I believe Bloomberg’s been an Independent for a while, although he was originally elected mayor of NYC as a Republican

        1. Bloomberg is the very definition of a RINO. He ran as a Republican to avoid the always-crowded Democratic primaries in NYC.

          1. He ran as a Republican to avoid the always-crowded Democratic primaries in NYC.

            SEE! Just another example of a rich guy cutting in line!

  3. Some good news. I’m not sure how to take it..

  4. This makes me so happy. I think I might hate Bloomberg more then any politician.

    1. I think I might hate Bloomberg more then any politician.

      Even more than Chocolate Nixon?

  5. The lefty butt hurt over this is epic. The DNC is claiming “voter suppression”!!

    1. It’s the only possible explanation, John. Why would people vote against people who know what’s best for them?

      1. “Why would people vote against people who know what’s best for them.”

        Because they’re not educated enough to know what is right. Every time those in power get what they want, “the people have spoken.” Every time they don’t get what they want, “the people were fooled” or “the people didn’t understand” or “the people were stupid.”

        Basically Rousseau for the 21st century.

    2. But Citizens United, John! Oh wait…

      I swear, gun control failure butthurt may be the best butthurt of all. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s the one area where there are actually a lot of wins, so we get to see more of the extreme butthurt.

      1. I think it’s because the argument for gun control is so absurd, and it drives the left absolutely fucking nuts that nobody agrees with the “correct” position on the issue.

      2. It is because they are so craven and lose so badly but won’t quit. They just keep throwing themselves into that wall. They were so sure those dead kids in Newtown were going to change things.

        It looks like they let a crisis go to waste.

      3. It’s because the gun control assholes are absolutely, 100% convinced that they are absolutely, 100% correct, and that the other side is nothing but bloodthirsty retards who have no valid reason to believe what they believe. And the gun controllers have completely lost. That’s why it’s so fucking delicious.

    3. If they demanded ID for voters, then it was racist.

      1. They’d have a hard time with that, seeing as there’s only (88%) white people in Colorado.

    4. Can you link to the tastiest of butt-hurtedness? I need some tears to polish my monocle.

    5. The lefty butt hurt over this is epic. The DNC is claiming “voter suppression”!!

      This is a top NYT comment on this article:

      Bryce RossGranville, NYT Pick
      I wonder how well a gun will stand up against an apache or any other myriad million dollar machines the govt has at its disposal? Truly, defense against the govt is a red herring; if it were sincere then the people would need to amass more than a few assault rifles – why not develop chemical weapons, explosive arsenals, disseminate tutorials on ieds? Indeed, current gun culture takes part in little more than fetishism, the culture values guns at several degrees of magnitude over the actual use value that they might have in something resembling anti-govt action. I own several guns, one for the regrettable dispatch of rabid animals that occasionally threaten my livestock, and one for personal peace of mind should an unfamiliar car come down my long driveway; but I try to bear in mind the perineal words of Lau Tzu: weapons are but tools of fear.

      1. Heh…perineal words…heh….

        1. Yeah, I liked that. Also, it’s Lao Tzu, or Lao Tse, but definitely not Lau Tzu.

      2. Al Quada in Syria isn’t doing so bad Mr Progtard.

  6. This is FANTASTIC!! What an amazing day it is. My hat is off to those who organized the event and to the electorate who showed up to vote. Well done, Colorado.

  7. What’s the opposite word for nutpunch?

    1. Gnadcaress?

    2. Reach-around?

    3. Sackstroke?

      1. That sounds like an Olympic event.

        1. “I almost went to Rio for the 100 yard sackstroke. Too bad I shot my wad in the first lap.”

  8. It is a beautiful day. It’s not very often that I feel like things are moving in the right direction. I shall enjoy this small victory with an 11.5% beer this evening…

    1. It is a beautiful day. It’s not very often that I feel like things are moving in the right direction. I shall enjoy this small victory with an 11.5% beer this evening

      Pfft, pussy.

      Liquid lunch or turn in your monocle.

      1. Ah, to find 11.5% beer here in FN Utah, where the strongest liquor sold in grocery stores is weak ass 4% beer.

        1. You get 4% in Utah grocery stores?

          3.2% in OK non liquor stores……

          But I don’t really mind as the beer selection in liquor stores can be superb.

  9. Dear Bloomberg,

    Eat a dick!

    Sincerely,
    2A supporters

    1. +1

      I feel like we could make a proverb out of this. Two dicks in Bloombergs mouth is worth ___________. Ad lib time!

  10. Blood on your hands, people. Blood on your hands.

    http://oi42.tinypic.com/205dugh.jpg

    1. The nice thing about blood – it’s water soluble and comes off of skin.

      1. It’s almost impossible to get out of the clown suit, though.

      2. So are cum stains, but damn if CSI doesn’t always get a DNA match.

  11. the Colorado recall votes show that the size of your megaphone cannot save you if people do not like your message.

    Money matters at the margins. In a close race, it can make up maybe 5% or 10%. Both of these races were close — losing 49-51 is hardly a landslide defeat — but pissing off gun owners in a state with lots of rural hunting areas, even in a state turning Team Blue, is a bad idea if you want to pick up those last couple percent to get to 50.1%.

    1. Gun owners vote and the vote on one issue. Gun owners will vote against either party. That makes them very powerful.

      1. . Gun owners will vote against either party.

        I think that scares The Powers That Be the most.

        1. Yes it does. They love nothing better than to sell out their supporters and tell them “fuck you, what are you going to do vote for the other side?” Gun owners are the one group that takes them up on that offer. And it scares the shit out of them.

  12. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..03209.html

    HuffPo acknowledges that dems outspent recallers 4 to 1 on these elections, still takes shots at Koch brothers.

    1. HUFFPOST SUPER USER
      WebbieGuru
      I could write a program that is better @ governing
      324 Fans
      2 minutes ago (12:19 PM)
      Money wins again. The NRA proves that its money is still stronger than democracy.

      HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS IS DELICIOUS

      1. I could write a program that is better @ governing
        while (president == dem)
        if (user != govt)
        return E_PERM;
        else
        return 1
        endif
        endwhile
        return E_PERM

        I imagine that’s his idea of good government.

        1. What’s the value of E_PERM in that function?

          1. Permission Denied

            1. Yes, that does appear to be the current model.

      2. The NRA proves that its money is still stronger than democracy.

        Apparently it has over four times the strength of an equal amount of anti-NRA money. I WANT SOME OF THAT.

        1. CBS this morning mentioned NRA as being the biggest contributor. Didn’t mention total spend at all. Bias much?

    2. HUFFPOST SUPER USER
      fadelff
      Fancy pants, ivy league, liberal, elite
      289 Fans

      2 minutes ago (12:19 PM)
      What a sad commentary about our life in America….this makes me despair far more than anything else I have read about in the news…..there can be no peace when people believe they need weapons of war in their own households. Koch money wins again.

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FUCK YOU PUSSY HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      1. His despair makes me so happy. “Huffpo Super User” really is Huffpo speak for “unbelievable retard”.

        1. I’m glad HuffPo has the self-esteem of the mentally handicapped in mind.

        2. “High-flow derpnozzle.”

    3. those comments are welcome therapy after Balko’s neutering.

    4. I’ve noticed that a lot of the commenters think that saying something about jesus or christianity invalidates the pro-2nd arguments. I know a lot of gun owners are christian, but a lot are atheists and muslims and hindus as well.

      Take this juvenile shit:

      f you are a Christian,, and you believe that everything is ” Gods will”.

      And you believe that God is watching over you and protecting you ,,
      Then why do you need a gun?

      Are you saying that God is weak and incompetent?

      Or that things happen that your God who controls the entire universe has no control over?

      If you rfeally believe all of the crap you claim about your God protecting you ,, Then why do you need a gun,,,

      Your gun is the best proof that your Gid doesn’t exist,, And that you dont even believe in God yourself,,

      What does that even mean? Did this character think he had some sort of gotcha over gun owners, or christians?

      1. My stock counter argument to that drivel is: “To a Christian, God gave us intellect and free-will so that there was no need to micro-manage the world and we could look after ourselves. The brain invented the gun to keep the body safe.”

        1. Shorter Answer:

          Jesus gave me an AR-15.

      2. Well, he’s just proved that Christians shouldn’t own farms too, since they can just expect God to magic up food for them.

        1. +1 Lesson of the Lilies.

      3. f you are a Christian,, and you believe that everything is ” Gods will”.

        And if you own a gun, then…

        you believe that you owning a gun is God’s will.

        What do I win?

      4. What does that even mean? Did this character think he had some sort of gotcha over gun owners, or christians?

        The best part of this is the video he posted of him running around the room high fiving himself after leveling this devastating line of reasoning.

  13. Someone please make a 9/11 joke about this. Please.

    1. I’m sorry, jokes have to be funny.

      1. Cyto here is a joke, but he’s not very funny. Well, not on purpose, anyway.

        1. That was pretty limp Warty.

          1. Wait for the chloroform to wear off (and the screaming to start).

            1. Huh… I didn’t think it was possible to Overdose Warty, but he’s not waking up. Oh well, We”l find out if we can convert his mutations into a bio-weapon yet.

              1. Warty never sleeps. He waits.

  14. Victory for the NRA.

    The NRA didn’t get into the game until the recall was well underway. The guys who started it and collected the signatures sold guns and borrowed money to do this.

    NRA did come through toward the end, which is a lot more than I can say for the Republican party. They honestly did not get it, and wanted to know what the angle was before giving any support. The angle is we want our rights, fucktards!

  15. I made the mistake of reading the NYT comments section in their article on this story.

    WHHHHYYYYYYYYYY

    1. You mean like this one:

      STIllinois
      This country is turning into a state awash with guns. More guns because of other guns is a poor logic and doesn’t solve the problem. See Joe Nocera’s gun reports.

      The highest form of human civilization is actually to achieve an emotional state of non-violence to all life forms. This is embodied in the concept of “ahimsa” from ancient India. The baser instincts of killing, anger, revenge, hatred and disrespect to others is exemplified in the possession of weapons. Loving guns just appeals to the baser instincts of man. To all those gun-loving people, this is an appeal to the goodness of your humanity.

      In terms of the constitution, the second amendment as interpreted by the NRA is actually a threat to the rights of everyone embodied in the first amendment. Having guns is a threat to free speech. So, society suffers from loss of the first amendment rights which will be seen in the chilling effect of these recalls …

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  16. Mote delicious tears:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/…..ntrol-FAIL

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