Paul Jacob

The First and Second Amendment are very good friends. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that they’re close, one always protecting the other, as we witnessed again last week in Colorado.

The national media dutifully reported that two gun-and-ammo grabbing Rocky Mountain State legislators were recalled from public office by the voters in their districts — the two being now former Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and former Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). But don’t expect thoughtful analysis or introspection from the stridently anti-gun Fourth Estate.

Nightly, the TV talking-heads tell us to be afraid of the powerful National Rifle Association, which supposedly has such deep pockets that its propaganda can overwhelm simple-minded fly-over voters, destroying their ability to reason — that is, come to the same conclusions that the chattering class habitually does. But recall forces, with all their help from the NRA, were outspent better than five-to-one by billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, public employee unions and other gun control advocates defending Senators Morse and Giron.

Better to let the grassroots Davids explain their victory over the political Goliaths from Gotham and beyond.

“We beat the machine,” said an ecstatic Ron Harris of the pro-Morse recall group, Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF), after the results came in. “‘We the People’ stood up against Morse, Bloomberg, Biden, Obama,” he added. “And we won.”

“Literally millions of dollars were spent to defeat or sabotage us,” explained Tim Knight of the Colorado Springs-based BFDF. Not only did the recall volunteers have to gather tens of thousands of voter signatures against harassment by recall opponents, they withstood well-financed legal challenges to their recall petition and then a massive disadvantage in funding for paid advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts.

Still, a smiling Jim Brown with Pueblo Freedom & Rights, the group working to recall Sen. Giron, told reporters on election night, “All the money in the world can’t buy an election.”

From a partisan standpoint, Sen. Morse was in a very competitive district, which he had last won quite narrowly, but Giron’s Pueblo-area turf is solidly Democrat. A review of turnout last week showed many more Democrats voted than did Republicans. Nonetheless, Giron lost by a solid 12 percentage points, 56-44.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.