A delicious event happened in Pueblo, Colorado this week. And forty-five miles north of Pueblo, a parallel phenomenon was unfolding in Colorado Springs. Two Democratic state senators, including the President of the Senate, were recalled from office by a vote of their constituents.
Sure, this was big news across the country, covered by all the networks and all the radio talk show personalities. But something far more significant than a recall had taken place in Colorado; something revolutionary.
The old guard watched and the grassroots won.
In 2010, Rob Witwer and Adam Schrager wrote the book, The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care). Witwer, a former Colorado State Representative, and Schrager, a political journalist, forced smug Republicans to stare at the devastation of their former Shangri-La with a disturbing exposé. In 2004, Colorado’s Governor and both United States Senators were Republicans and the GOP held the majority in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. In November of 2012, Colorado Republicans lost the last of those strongholds when the Democrats took majority control of the State House.
During the 2013 session of the Colorado State Legislature, the Democrats gorged themselves on a cornucopia of liberal utopianism. They force-fed the system with irresponsible spending, social radicalism, voter fraud concessions, and gun control. The only sign of scruples during this gluttonous frenzy came from the closet liberal Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper. During the first two years of his term, the Republican-controlled House prevented radical bills from reaching his desk. But his moderate branding was rapidly sullied this year when he chose ideological loyalty over a comfortable re-election for 2014.
The gun control bills that Governor Hickenlooper signed were enough to invoke a Colorado boycott from hunters and to chase weapons manufacturer Magpul out of the state. But the new laws were not enough to bring the disjoint Republicans together against a common enemy. Internal factions of the party are readily discernible. And far more energy is expended on internal positioning than on collective strategizing to defeat the Democrats.