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Progs On The Run: Liberals Retreat In Colorado And Across The Globe

By: John  Fund, The National Review

Three elections in the last week have challenged long-held liberal  premises about how elections are fought and what the public wants. It’s worth  examining those results in such widely separated places as Australia, Norway,  and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

In Colorado, liberals are already in denial about the fact that two  Democratic state senators were recalled from office in districts Barack Obama  carried by some 20 percentage points only ten months ago. The recalls were  organized by citizens upset with the lawmakers’ votes in favor of a gun-control  measure. The two senators also helped pass bills perceived as being against the  interests of rural areas and helped push through a fraud-prone election law that  shifted the Centennial State to all-mail voting.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee’s chairwoman,  said the results simply reflected “voter suppression, pure and simple.” Matt  Vespa of Red State scoffed at her flimsy explanation: More Democrats and  independents signed the two recall petitions than did Republicans, he noted,  which “only further discredits DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s insane claim  that her side lost due to voter suppression.” Liberals are also claiming that  the black arts of the National Rifle Association skewed the results. But the  gun-rights group came very late to support the recalls, and the Denver Post  reports that pro-gun-control groups spent some $3 million versus only $540,000  by recall supporters.

Grover Norquist, a board member of the National Rifle Association, claims  once again that liberals mistook “position for passion” on an issue.

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