We at Cheap Seats grow weary of the Democrats’ excuses on why they lost last year’s historic recall battles, the latest coming from former state Sen. Evie Hudak.
“Hudak Blames Sexism on Political Fall,” reads the Jan. 28 headline in the Colorado Statesman.
The article reports that Hudak is claiming sexism played a role in the recall effort against her, which she cut short by resigning in November, and that she and former state Sen. Angela Giron were treated worse than Senate President John Morse during last year’s recall drives.
“There’s a whole sexist thing out there and women still aren’t taken as equal,” Hudak told the Colorado Reproductive Freedom Coalition. “And the fight must go on.”
Sorry, but we’re calling baloney on this one. Much as the Democrats would like to explain their devastating defeats by crying sexism, racism and voter suppression (pick one), the facts are not on their side, as Hudak might say.
Hudak was singled out because, first, voters were in an uproar after Democrats rammed through three gun-control bills on party-line votes after cutting off testimony from hundreds of gun owners, and second, because she was easily the most vulnerable of the Senate Democrats. She barely won reelection in 2012 even though a Libertarian candidate siphoned thousands of votes from Republican Lang Sias.
Then she painted a target on her back by telling a rape victim during a March hearing that “statistics are not on your side even if you had a gun.”
In fact, Hudak was lucky that the first attempt to recall her failed to get off the ground. If she had been on the Sept. 10 ballot with Giron and Morse, there’s little doubt that she would have lost and that Republicans would have captured control of the Senate.
Giron tried the same tactic during the recall, saying she was targeted because some people felt threatened by her “being a Latina and being in this position of authority.” By that logic, state Reps. Libby Szabo (R-Arvada) and Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff (R-Pueblo) should have been up for recall, except that, oh, right, they voted against the gun-control bills.
We can’t help but wonder why all this simmering anti-Latina bias didn’t surface in 2010 during Giron’s successful state Senate run.
After she was defeated, Giron pointed to “voter suppression” saying that turnout would have been higher if her supporters had been able to vote by mail. Of course, her opponents had no problem making it to the voting booths.
Then there’s the inconvenient fact that Morse also lost the recall election — and he’s a white male. Hudak says he wasn’t subject to the same vicious emails that she and Giron received, and while we have no idea if that’s true, a quick glance at the Recall John Morse page on Facebook shows that he wasn’t exactly treated like visiting royalty.
“Pathological liar,” “ass-clown,” “mindless drone,” “elitist moron,” and “piece of garbage” are some of the more printable insults aimed at Morse during the campaign.
Hudak also fails to mention that she wasn’t a helpless victim during the recall drive. She and the other Democrats raised huge sums of money, far more than their foes, and enjoyed the help of ground troops from labor unions and Organizing for America, formerly the Obama campaign.
We at Cheap Seats submit that Hudak, Giron and Morse are now ex-senators for one simple reason: They listened to the wrong people.
Instead of listening to their constituents, who were clearly livid over the gun bills, Democrats were led to believe that they were invincible because they had big-money donors like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in their corner.
It turns out they were wrong. One of these days, we’d like to hear the Democrats drop the excuses and admit that they have only themselves to blame for the recalls.
But we’re not counting on it.