How to play down a series of devastating political defeats? Pretend your opponents are savages, of course. In Rolling Stone, Michael Bloomberg dismisses the series of unprecedented recall measures that Colorado’s new gun-control measures provoked by claiming that:
The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.
Not quite, no. As Denver’s KDVR notes:
The successful recalls last September occurred in Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest city, and Pueblo, its seventh largest.
Colorado Springs is home to a significant number of military installations, including Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, the United States Air Force Academy, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). It also hosts Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, and Hewlett-Packard facilities, among others. There are 440,000 residents. Among those who were recalled last year was John Morse, the president of Colorado’s senate. Here is a photograph of the city:
Pueblo, meanwhile, is home to 100,000 people, and also to the Federal Citizen Information Center, run by the GSA. Here is a picture of its charming riverwalk:
This wasn’t in The Blueprint.