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  •  And that's a bad thing? .... (8+ / 0-)
    He’s also a primary, if almost unrecognized, reason why Democrats, in a little less than a decade, have turned this once-red state a deepening shade of blue. While Colorado has changed, Brown—Colorado politicos know him as just plain “Dudley”—has not. Nor does he intend to. The RMGO’s demand of “no compromises” on gun rights is an indirect shot at the National Rifle Association, which Brown sees as too willing to cut gun control deals. (The disdain is mutual; the NRA once called Brown the “Al Sharpton of the gun movement,” too extreme for America’s most notorious firearm lobby."

    Brown’s hostage-holding of any center- or left-tilting Colorado Republican has crippled the GOP’s ability to regain a political foothold, making Colorado a swing-state microcosm of the national GOP’s biggest problem: breaking free of its base and becoming more “inclusive,” an imperative Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus outlined in March. Indeed, Brown doesn’t give much thought to the Republican team. “If you’re not feared in politics, you’re not respected,” he told me one day in his office. “And I don’t really care anymore about trying to play nice.”

    http://www.5280.com/...

    Seems to me guns are a wedge issue - between the GOP moderates and the Tea Party.

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 10:01:08 AM PST

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    •  That would explain why 20-30% of (1+ / 0-)
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      registered Republicans voted to recall Republicans in Colorado.

      Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

      by FrankRose on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 10:26:34 AM PST

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      •  No, that would explain why Dems control Colorado (5+ / 0-)

        and why it voted for Obama twice and has two Dem U.S. Senators and why Dems chose to hold their convention in Denver in 2008, and why marriage equality passed, renewable energy standards/incentives passed and so on.

        You should read that article:

        Colorado’s Democratic takeover would not have happened so quickly if the party hadn’t won three seemingly safe GOP seats. Republican Rob Witwer later co-authored The Blueprint, concluding the GOP lost Colorado as much as Democrats won it. “Our own scorched-earth primaries provided the perfect opening for Democratic funders like Tim Gill and Pat Stryker”—who, with Jared Polis and Rutt Bridges, comprise the so-called “Gang of Four” that’s often credited with solidifying Colorado’s Democratic stronghold—“to finish off weakened GOP candidates,” Witwer says.

        As it turned out, 2004’s results were no aberration. In 2006, Democrat Bill Ritter was elected as governor in a 17-point romp. In 2008, national Democrats planted their flag in Denver and nominated Barack Obama for president. He carried Colorado easily, Democratic Congressman Mark Udall won a U.S. Senate seat that had been in GOP hands, the state House remained in Democratic control, and Democrats suddenly held five of the state’s seven congressional districts.”

        http://www.5280.com/...

        Read the whole thing - it will open your eyes to what's really going on.

        "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

        by We Shall Overcome on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 11:04:17 AM PST

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        •  They did vote for Obama twice. (0+ / 0-)

          And one district that voted for Obama by 19 points recalled their Democratic Senator less than a year latter.
          And another district recalled their Senator too.
          And another in another district a Senator chose to resign than face her constituents.

          It's almost as if something specific turned Colorado more red.

          Weird, huh?

          Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

          by FrankRose on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 11:32:07 AM PST

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          •  Not really - that was 2 districts out of probably (3+ / 0-)
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            more than 100. Those recalls probably change the hue from Amethyst to Dark Lavender.

            You're grasping at straws, understandably, because you don't know Colorado.

            Read that article, it would bring you up to speed:

            These recent developments suggest Colorado Republicans may finally be ready to go to war against Dudley Brown. After two decades of seeing him run roughshod over the state party, they’ve got nothing else to lose. “You can’t let a few bullies continue to hurt the party,” says Call, the Colorado GOP chair. “At some point, you have to fight back.”
            http://www.5280.com/...

            "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

            by We Shall Overcome on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 11:38:58 AM PST

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            •  It was 3 districts. Out of 35. And those were (1+ / 0-)
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              recalls.
              The first 3 recalls in state history.

              "You're grasping at straws"
              Oh sure. All I have to prove the actual political consequences is to point to....ya know....the actual political consequences.
              If only I had a blog.
              Drat.

              Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

              by FrankRose on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:02:54 PM PST

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              •  Right, but the third district was held by Dems, (0+ / 0-)

                so that would not "turn Colorado more red". The gun lobby didn't win a seat in the third district - it wasn't a recall, it was a resignation, so again, you don't know Colorado very well.

                If you would read that article, you would learn that the political consequences are that the Dems control Colorado up and down the state and in DC thanks to the Colorado gun lobby:

                He’s also a primary, if almost unrecognized, reason why Democrats, in a little less than a decade, have turned this once-red state a deepening shade of blue. While Colorado has changed, Brown—Colorado politicos know him as just plain “Dudley”—has not. Nor does he intend to. The RMGO’s demand of “no compromises” on gun rights is an indirect shot at the National Rifle Association, which Brown sees as too willing to cut gun control deals. (The disdain is mutual; the NRA once called Brown the “Al Sharpton of the gun movement,” too extreme for America’s most notorious firearm lobby.) True to form, last July, two days after James Holmes shot 70 moviegoers in Aurora, killing 12, I asked him about proposals to limit ammunition purchases. When I mentioned Holmes had 6,000 rounds with him that night, Brown said, “I call 6,000 rounds running low.”

                Brown’s hostage-holding of any center- or left-tilting Colorado Republican has crippled the GOP’s ability to regain a political foothold, making Colorado a swing-state microcosm of the national GOP’s biggest problem: breaking free of its base and becoming more “inclusive,” an imperative Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus outlined in March. Indeed, Brown doesn’t give much thought to the Republican team.

                "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

                by We Shall Overcome on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:14:19 PM PST

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