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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cowardice on the Campaign Trail; Democratic Edition

While there has been a fair amount of commentary on how the major Republican candidates would not appear at Tavis Smiley's debate, just after only John McCain had agreed to appear at the Univision (Spanish language) debate (and even the conservative press thinks they are being idiots), there was little commentary about how most of the Democrats ignored the NRA's convention last week.

I think the Democrats passed on a golden opportunity to get their views out to a skeptical audience. And if the crowd had been openly hostile, it could have been a PR plus, showing that Democrats are not afraid of those who oppose them.

Beyond that, as a Democrat who holds the opinion that the Second Amendment is as vital as the First in preserving our democracy, I'd have liked for them to confront this issue head-on.

And they didn't. Shame on them.


BadTux said...

Let's face it, nobody at the NRA convention is going to vote for them, so why waste their time? The Republicans could run a blue dog -- or Rudy Julie Annie -- and the NRA crowd would vote Republican. I just don't see the point.

The Earth Bound Misfit said...

They should have done it for the same reason that the Repulsivans should have shown up at the Univision and Tavis Smiley's debates.

I don't think the NRA membership is as rabidly Republican as the leadership would want. Neither is, for that matter, the membership of AOPA.

BobG said...

Most NRA that I know don't do what the NRA says, they vote the way they feel. Contrary to popular myth, they are not all rabid republicans. Most I know are libertarian, and only vote Republican when they can't find a decent Democrat for which to vote.

The Earth Bound Misfit said...

Contrary to popular myth, they are not all rabid republicans.

After all, look at me. :)