Partisan hacks found a willing stooge in Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold to tee up a precedent-setting lawsuit that will see political parties engaged in payback for decades to defeat future candidates through the court system.

The democracy monkeywrenchers over at the Orwellian-named Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C. have sought to sideline Donald Trump’s campaign for president citing the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

They are suing Griswold to remove his name from the state’s ballot.

For those not familiar with the Section 3 Civil War era language, it prevents from serving as president all Confederate soldiers and officers who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and yet proclaimed Civil War and engaged in insurrection or rebellion leading to the deaths of 620,000 Americans.

As if Trump was Robert E. Lee incarnated and had seceded from the union, instead of a frustrated political candidate who cried foul over the outcome of his election prompting his followers to protest and riot.

Former Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael McConnell argues that “The terms of Section 3 should not be defined down to include mere riots or civil disturbances, which are common.”

“Many of these riots impede the lawful operations of government, and exceed the power of normal law enforcement to control. Are they insurrections or rebellions, within the meaning of Section 3?”

“I would hazard the suggestion that a riot is the use of violence to express anger or to attempt to coerce the government to take certain actions, while insurrections and rebellions are the use of violence, usually on a larger scale, to overthrow the government or prevent it from being able to govern.”

McConnell advised the courts to seek “the narrowest, most precise, least susceptible to abuse, definition that is consistent with history and precedent.”

Trump has not been charged, nor found guilty of insurrection.

Which brings us back to Secretary of State Griswold, the most partisan Democrat hack in the nation, who is being asked to defend the sanctity of the ballot against her fellow partisan Democrat hacks.

Coloradans on both sides of the political aisle know Griswold’s knees buckled with glee at the news she was being sued to defend Trump’s place on the Colorado ballot, which she has already signaled she most certainly will not do:

 “I look forward to the Colorado Court’s substantive resolution of the issues and am hopeful that this case will provide guidance to election officials on Trump’s eligibility as a candidate for office. What a perilous path to go down.”

And yet there she goes, skipping and singing down the perilous path while salting the route of Democracy in her wake.