Video: The NRA’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is endorsing more Democrats

posted at 8:46 pm on October 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart and Eyeblast, a status report on the state of race: This year fully 64 Dems are getting the seal of approval from Guns HQ, thanks mainly to the NRA’s policy of endorsing the incumbent if his/her rating on gun issues is the same as the challenger’s. I understand why this grates so much with the righty base, but isn’t it actually a good thing to have Democrats actively competing for the NRA’s endorsement? If the NRA becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the GOP, centrist Dems in purple districts have no incentive to vote in favor of gun rights apart from pure principle. On the contrary, they’d have an incentive to vote against gun rights since that way at least they can earn donations from anti-gun groups. Better to have them well-trained by the NRA to jump through hoops with the prospect of a reward at the end, no? Especially since an official endorsement is likely to mean little to devoted gun-rights supporters, who know that they’re safer with the Republican in office than the Democrat. How am I wrong here?


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isn’t it actually a good thing to have Democrats actively competing for the NRA’s endorsement?

You mean like how Bart Stupak competed for the pro-life vote?

If a politician says he shares a certain belief but then doesn’t vote according to that belief, did he really ever share that belief?

Kafir on October 9, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Maybe there are more closet conservative Democrats out there than one realizes; it is just they are afraid to show it because the Washington & Media Democrats want the party to be ultra-left, socialist, liberals…

Perhaps with the upcoming losses in the November, the conservative Democrats will push many of the liberal Democrats out to the fringes again.

albill on October 9, 2010 at 7:16 AM

The NRA represents constituents.

FloatingRock on October 8, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Ummm, Where is that in the Constitution? Imagine if a lefty said that for a group that supports raising the Income Tax (16th Amendment) or for ACORN (10th Amendment)!!! You’d accept the rationalization? Gee, throw logic out the door, why don’t you.

Yah, they support constituents except for when they support the DISCLOSE act to take away others’ First Amendment rights? Now that’s not in the Constitution, is it?

Obviously they have you fooled. Yeah, SUBMIT to the NRA and give up your direct representation in government. No worries!!! It’s all good!!! That’ll work out really swell.

dtestard on October 9, 2010 at 7:48 AM

If the Democrat has a voting record (report card) that strongly supports gun rights, then I have no problem with the NRA supporting that person. My best guess, these Democrats are only a few and are not very popular with those currently in control of the Democrat party.

Keemo on October 9, 2010 at 7:54 AM

When was the last time any of these dems had to vote on a gun control law? My guess, if a bill ever came to the floor over half of those dems would vote for it.

Just like Obamacare.

Sorry, but if NRA was conflicted over a canidate they should not endorse either one.

Every dem in office is another step towards slavery and destruction. Thier actions the last 2 years is all the proof you need.

Thier is no “blue dog” dems, its a fabrication, a wolf in sheeps clothing. When push comes to shove, they vote how the party tells them to vote.

gdonovan on October 9, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Odd as it seems, we have a race like this in Ohio’s governors race. Ted Strickland (D) has an NRA rating of “A”. John Kasich (R) has an NRA rating of “F”.

With Strickland being a fairly vocal supporter of gun rights in Ohio and having supported and signed a number of pro-gun legislations, it is understandable why the NRA supports him.

And I’m not sure I will support Kasich just because of the R behind his name, the man comes across wrong in his advertisements. At least with Strickland, I know what I’m getting.

jackal40 on October 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM

…thanks mainly to the NRA’s policy of endorsing the incumbent…

See, this is like endorsing tenure or the Supreme Court upholding precedent over the constitution.
Their goal should be to preserve the second amendment, not an incumbent.
Obviously the NRA has been infiltrated at the top. Either that, or some people there are just too fat, rich, stupid and lazy to actually think about what they are doing. Obviously, if you are going to embrace Democrats so much, and be so single issued as to be blind, you will have Democrats walking around your facility, working their way into your board and positions of power and, well, there you go. A person or group can be so freaking single issued and battle focused they become blind to the war.

JellyToast on October 9, 2010 at 9:45 AM

If anything matters for the gun issue, it’s supreme court confirmations. When the NRA was flirting with endorsing Harry Reid, I left the NRA and joined GOA.

Norwegian on October 8, 2010 at 10:30 PM

This excellent point is worthy of a repost…

ladyingray on October 9, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The NRA goes RINO every twenty years or so. It will take another revolt of the membership the get it back where it belongs again.

SurferDoc on October 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Odd as it seems, we have a race like this in Ohio’s governors race. Ted Strickland (D) has an NRA rating of “A”. John Kasich (R) has an NRA rating of “F”.

jackal40 on October 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM

You are woefully misinformed.

Jaibones on October 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM

For those who lack the curiosity to follow the link, John Kasich has an NRA rating of B. At least, according to the NRA’s candidate rating website.

Maybe jackal40 gets his information on the NRA’s ratings from a more reliable source than … er … the NRA.

Jaibones on October 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM

While the NRA is grossly imperfect, I think it’s ironic that this is a news item TOAY, when we’re bashing NOW (rightly) for being less about women’s issues than about Leftist issues.

NRA is less about “conservative” issues than about RKBA issues, pretty much what it says on the label.

While it would be nice if people IN GENERAL were both more conservative and more pro-RKBA, that’s not what this is about. I think people are suffering from fatally-flawed expectations.

Merovign on October 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I would not trust a democrat any more than I would a pitbull dog. They will say anything to get elected and once in office vote in lockstep with their party. Todays democrat party would like to trash the US Constitution because to them it hinders them for taking complete control over the people. If a “Gun Control” bill ever came up for a vote- you can believe that these same democrats that the NRA endorsed- would vote for it.

flintstone on October 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM

AP, you are right and as a strategy, it makes sense. Considering it is only 64 out of the total up for election, that is more like tokenism. Although I see that they did find a way to not endorse Reid which would have probably really angered their membership. If members don’t like their endorsements they don’t have to contribute to their NRA-ILA fund. It’s all good.

Done That on October 9, 2010 at 1:53 PM

AP, you are right and as a strategy, it makes sense… If members don’t like their endorsements they don’t have to contribute to their NRA-ILA fund. It’s all good.
Done That on October 9, 2010 at 1:53 PM

You and AP are Out of Touch. The Wave so prominently mentioned on HA today is for empowering the American Citizen. Is representative democracy supposed to be run from the bottom up or simply provide a conduit for our rulers to impose their will?

The NRA and the VFW, who chose to not endorse LTC West, have both forgotten who’s paying their salaries. They are corrupt elitist DC lobbies which don’t give a rat’s ass about the opinion of their membership. To hell with them both.

You are correct about the solution though. The American Legion and Gun Owners of America will gain as these arrogant bastards wither.

rcl on October 9, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I put the NRA on hold. Where are they going with the left? No more membership till they tow the mark. I’ll sit on my membership.

mixplix on October 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

The real VOTE that they make that shows they are NOT pro-gun is who they, after the election vote for Speaker or Majority Leader.

And there, every time they show their true colors. You can NOT be pro-gun and have voted for Pelosi for Speaker. And that’s what Democrats do. They vote for some freedom stripping as Speaker.

The concept of a Moderate or even more laughably “Conservative” Democrat is a MYTH.

TiminPhx on October 9, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Brilliant strategy to keep hard Leftists from pulling the lever on their own “moral” grounds.

Can you think of a more effective “kiss-of-death”?

Terp Mole on October 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I understand the NRA’s position and will not give up my lifetime membership over this (or any other flaw I can think of) but I will not vote for any Democrat anywhere…ever.
The fact is that the Republicans may stab you in the back and must be watched, hawk-like, to keep them honest and forthright. The Democrats will stab you in the back and can never be trusted.

Extrafishy on October 10, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Being a life member of the NRA will not make me vote for Democrats.I will vote conservative every time!

build the wall on October 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM

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