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Video: Rachel Maddow on "wave of fear" caused by gun-control politicos' recall loss

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If you see the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara smiling today, here's one likely reason: He provided the de facto name for the lead segment on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show last night. Sitting to the side of a continental-U.S. map plastered with the Caldara-uttered phrase "Wave of Fear," Maddow explored the recall election defeats of John Morse and Angela Giron over their support of gun-control legislation. Along the way, she featured a clip of Caldara at the lectern and politically incorrect graphics courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. See it all below.

Following an introduction noting that her program is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week, Maddow took up the topic of recall elections in general, noting that until recently, officials targeted for ouster usually had committed crimes or other forms of malfeasance. In contrast, the Morse-Giron matter was prompted by ideological disagreements with organizations powerful enough to trigger a recall. Moreover, she went on, these groups understand that such efforts have a high likelihood of success, since special elections tend to attract relatively small turnouts dominated by older, more conservative voters.

To illustrate this growing trend, Maddow inserted a Caldara video that appeared on Colorado Pols last month. Note the "wave of fear" line visible in this screen capture:

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Caldara wasn't the only local Second Amendment fan to get attention from Maddow. Also spotlighted, albeit not by name, was Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who posted a couple of images on the RMGO Facebook page that left the host slack-jawed. Here's one of the graphics Maddow displayed....

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...and here's a second:

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Somehow, though, she neglected to include the third part of the triptych:

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To comment on the apparent rise of recall-mania, Maddow turned to Steve Schmidt, an MSNBC regular who previously oversaw the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign. Schmidt correctly pointed out that Morse, in particular, was vulnerable to the recall strategy because he represented Colorado Springs, one of the most conservative areas in the state (and the country, for that matter). But even he seemed disturbed by the idea that special interests could essentially undo elections not to their liking via expensive recalls and suggested that reforms may be in order if the concept begins to spread.

Check out the complete segment below.

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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

So what's the point? Madcow got the message that extreme politics backed by outside money won't be tolerated in Colorado. The rest of the threats to liberty should take note.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Maddow took up the topic of recall elections in general, noting that until recently, officials targeted for ouster usually had committed crimes or other forms of malfeasance."

That's exactly what they did.

phillyat72
phillyat72

After Reid's disgusting remarks the last few days on why he is exempt from Obamacare, broke his word not to campaign against Mitch in Ken., said he is fearful of too many conservs fouling up....the Dems and their socialist pieces of legislation and their cooperation with a compliant Speaker , this snarky smarmy progressive should be recalled by  ....NV voters for pure corruption and horrid representation of their concerns. I will contribute right now.

whosdp
whosdp

Maddow was madcow for the recall of Scott Brown.  She's only against recall elections aimed at fellow democrats. 

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Such overconfidence after winning the Morse recall by 350 votes? Delusional.

irq77
irq77

Barf.  The whining about how things won't change for Dems and the trying to point out the replacement will be even more liberal just means with immature battle for nannying our country will not end any time soon.  Then Maddow is trying to say the only result is trying to spread fear.  It's sad these people are leaders because both sides just seem like two kids arguing just for the safe of argument.  This entrenched battle between our political parties is just pathetic.  What purpose does all this bickering serve?  I'll venture a guess that this circus is more detrimental to everyone as it turns people off to any reasonable positive change.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

"Targeting"? "Graveyard"? Really?

Apparently the lessons of Gabrielle Giffords have been lost on Caldara and other political retrogrades...

JimTom
JimTom

WOW I made it a whole 6 minutes before i had to stop the video to puke. I bet it would really help Rachel to get laid.

JimTom
JimTom

Sounds like liberal Dems are too lazy to stand behind the politians they originally elected.

JimTom
JimTom

uh... Rachel you actually make sure your picture is Marshal Black. It is called journalism.

fragglerock
fragglerock

Its good that they found something for Rachel to do over at MSNBC, while she continues to remain tightlipped about the impending war against Syria that the Obama administration is authoring. 

Considering her longstanding record of pacifism, and passionate anti-war activism, it must be difficult for her to be told not to speak out against her president during a time when that is probably all she wants to do, all day long.

So im glad MSNBC allows her to distract herself with this little pet project, while the book she wrote remains her only real mouthpiece anymore. Shame on MSNBC, and anybody who still engages in partisan politics. 

The Democrat/Republican party is laughing all the way to the bank. 

DudeLooksLikeALady
DudeLooksLikeALady

"Maddow took up the topic of recall elections in general, noting that until recently, officials targeted for ouster usually had committed crimes or other forms of malfeasance. "  NEWSFLASH: Wiping your ass with our Constitution to appease multi-national global corporations IS a crime, Maddow.....Please inform your 10 remaining viewers of this fact......

whosdp
whosdp

@JimTom She probably gets all the carpet she can munch!

whosdp
whosdp

@JimTom ...or, that many democrats also value their Second Amendment rights!!

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