In 2008, when Barack Obama was running for his first term as president, we learned that differing with him on any issue, anytime, anywhere, was evidence of racism.
It still is, but Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz upped the ante in a tirade last week when Colorado voters ousted two prominent Democrats in a recall election for their role in enacting a strict state gun control law.
The Democrats – state Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron – lost, she said, because the election wasn’t fair. Seriously. Democrats had enacted an election law expanding the use of mail-in ballots, but a judge ruled that there was not enough time to administer it and that people would actually have to show up at polling places to vote. How unfair.
The new, fun rule is: If Democrats lose an election, as Wasserman Shultz explained, it’s due to “voter suppression, pure and simple,” whose corollary is “disagree with a Democrat and you’re a racist.”
One wonders how Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s bold claim will be received by moderate Democrats who voted to recall the two senators. Despite the steady stream of bizarre policies flowing from the top of the party and its salons in San Francisco, Martha’s Vineyard and the New York Times editorial offices, not every Democrat is a gun-hating leftist. The worst that can be said about them is that they’re enablers, many of whom seem unaware of how far left their party has lurched.
There are lessons here for all Americans and for Tea Party conservatives in particular. The first lesson is that the recall process worked as envisioned by its creators. Tone-deaf public officials who gave the motorists’ sign of disapproval to their constituents suddenly found themselves out of office. They didn’t get a chance to pretend again just before an election that they were more conservative than they actually were.
The second lesson is that money isn’t everything, though it helps. Despite the nearly $3 million raised by billionaire New York City Mayor Michael “drink the big one and go to jail” Bloomberg, resulting in a more than five-to-one cash advantage for the anti-gun forces, the pro-Second Amendment recall posse, aided by the National Rifle Association’s $360,000, won anyway.