The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has released its [GRADES FOR THE 2010 PRIMARY–SEE UPDATE BELOW] in Nevada. Absent from their assessment: one of the most important campaigns in the country, the United States Senate race between incumbent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and challenger Sharron Angle (R). (Click here to review NRA-PVF grades and endorsements.)
We know NRA announced it will not endorse Reid based on his support confirming anti-gun Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. We also know at the time one of their PR flacks said they would not be endorsing anyone in the race, and I pegged that as “weaselly equivocation.”
As a state-level candidate, NRA gave Angle an “A.”
At the same time, NRA gave Reid a “B.”
In every grading system I’ve ever seen, “A” wins.
So how does NRA reward that? By giving the Reid campaign thousands of dollars.
Add to this:
Angle unequivocally went on the record with specific answers to tough questions related to the right to keep and bear arms. Reid was confident he could ignore them.
Gun Owners of America endorses Angle and has released a chronological account of Reid’s anti-gun votes.
On top of that, Reid approved a campaign ad disparaging the ultimate purpose of the Second Amendment (using a self-proclaimed “NRA member”).
This is unacceptable–but not unexpected for those of us who have been following NRA’s many ratings “miscalculations” over the years.
So now we have their so-called “Political Victory Fund” afraid to take a stand and produce a political victory. What the hell else do they even exist for? And how does turning their backs on the best gun rights candidate in this race enhance their credibility in any race? The message that sends is, you can do everything in your power to promote that “single issue” they say is all they care about, and they’ll still hang you out to dry. That’s some loyalty-building.
I don’t expect a campaign calling Fairfax will do much good. My experience with Vulcan Chess Masters tells me they’re going to dig in their heels and ignore any protests over this, so ultimately, there’s really only one thing that will get their attention.
If the mighty “800-Lb. gorilla” is too frightened to get involved because of the chicken-hearted “Majority Leader Chuckie Schumer” excuse (which is what it is), then they’re simply unfit to lead. If they insist on being Not Relevant Anymore in key political races, give them their wish.
There are alternatives we could help grow, you know…
“Vote Freedom First.” Unless you’re afraid to.
Or unless you’ve got a backroom deal to stay out of things?
UPDATE: NRA added a caveat to their PVF site for the 2010 NV race:
These ratings were for the June 8 Primary and are not General Election Endorsements
OK. Why are other races represented, but not the U.S. Senate primary?
- NRA: No endorsement for Reid AND Angle?
- NV Senate candidate Sharron Angle also deserves gun owner support
- Harry Reid ignores gun rights questionnaire
- Harry Reid approves ad attacking 2nd Amendment armed resistance potential
Black Man with a Gun: The Musical
“Black Man with a Gun” Pastor Kenn Blanchard has released a music video. I’d challenge him to a blues-off, except, well, he’s talented and I’m sober…
Click here to watch.
And click here to listen to The Urban Shooter podcast. And while you’re at it, tell your friends about it. And if you’re a blogger, blog about it. And if you’re a podcaster, podcast about it.
Wouldn’t it be great to get this needed voice syndicated across the Republic? Why not help create a demonstrable mass market demand, and have fun and learn stuff in the bargain?
- Black man with a gun: interview with Kenn Blanchard
- Documentary features ‘Black Man with a Gun’
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