After Colorado’s Democratic legislators rammed through their knee-jerk magazine ban last year, angry Centennial State voters kicked two of the bastards out of office and forced a third to resign before she was voted out, too. A recent Quinnipiac University poll suggests that Democratic governor John Hickenlooper is feeling the heat of gun owners’ wrath as well. In an ominous signal of his re-election chances, his approval rating has dropped to below 50% for the first time in his term. And it’s not just because voters are offended by that horrible rug on his head, either . . .
Last month’s Q-poll revealed that Hickenlooper’s overall approval rating had dropped from a high of 66 percent just after the Aurora theater shooting, to a low of 48% in November 2013. Almost half of Coloradans (49%) say that he does not deserve a second term in office, while only 42% say he does.
Most Colorado voters rank jobs and the economy as their #1 concern, and the departure of thousands of skilled firearm-related jobs from the state wins the governor no love in this crucial regard. Entirely apart from economic concerns, Colorado voters strongly oppose (by 55% to 40%) more stringent gun control laws. The 15-round magazine limit is only supported by the slimmest possible plurality, 49% in favor to 48% opposed.
This is all good news for People Of The Gun, but potential disaster lurks in the fragmentation of Hickenlooper’s Republican opposition. The Colorado GOP is split between pragmatists and tea party activists,and Hickenlooper currently holds statistically significant leads of 4% to 6% over each of his potential GOP challengers.
If Hickenlooper is going to get the unceremonious dumping he deserves, the Colorado Republican Party needs to pick a credible candidate and stand behind him. Let’s do this, people.