Last night, Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron were ousted in part, over their hard-line stance on gun control in recall elections that were a first of their kind in the history of Colorado.
The win has possible ramifications for other states, as noted by Joey Bunvh of The Denver Post last night.
The recall attempt also could have a chilling effect in other states, where Democrats have been encouraged by President Obama to pass controls on guns, including background checks, limits on ammunition magazines and other measures.
The "idea for a recall campaign against gun-control supporters began to jell" as noted today by Jack Healy of the New York Times, "in living room conversations and on Internet message boards for gun enthusiasts," which highlights how truly grassroots this initiative was.
When it became clear that this effort was not going away, the reaction by recall opponents was swift and fierce.
"A range of philanthropists, liberal political groups, unions and activists raised a total of $3 million to defend Mr. Morse and Ms. Giron. Mr. [Michael] Bloomberg personally gave $350,000."
Despite the fact that "gun-control advocates far outspent their opponents," the results speak for themselves. Last night, the little guy won in what should serve as a reminder of the power of the average citizen in America.
Ironically, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz penned an OpEd for Democrats.org that referred to the Colorado recall elections as "a blatant attack on our Democratic principles," as reported by the Examiner last month. In fact, the truly grassroots effort is the epitome of democracy.
John Morse conceded the race to Former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin, a "staunch supporter of gun rights," who "will finish Morse's term and has said he will run for the seat in November 2014," as reported by the Gazette.
Ron Coleman, a volunteer with the Herpin campaign, said:
"It's unbelievable. It's almost unbelievable that we could beat billionaires."
Healy reported that Victor Head, a "plumber in Pueblo who borrowed money from his grandmother to kick-start the recall against Ms. Giron," said,
“We'd never been to a rally or town halls...We’d never done much politically other than voting.”
The excitement reached a crescendo on Twitter last night, as it became clear that the uphill battle over the last several months was paying off. The hashtag #COrecall was trending, and excited tweeters gave updates on the election results. Coloradans proved last night that regular citizens indeed have power, as long as they exercise it. Colorado, thank you, as America very much needed that reminder.