Julie Sobel’s over at Hotline On Call writes, “NRA Already In Position To Celebrate In 2012.” There are some problems with her analysis:
“… Unlike in 2008, when the Republican ticket was topped by Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), whose mixed record on gun control has earned him a NRA rating of C+, a look at the potential 2012 field – even including Pres. Obama — suggests that gun rights activists may already be in a position to celebrate. “It’s inconceivable that the Republicans would nominate a candidate who was not 100% with the NRA,” said Robert Spitzer, author of the book “The Politics of Gun Control” …”
“… Not only are Republican contenders sticking to their guns, Democratic leaders have essentially decided to cede the argument on gun control …”
No, they have not and nobody believes they have either. They just haven’t put it on the front burner because they know the issue is a stinker. That does not mean that at some more opportune time they will bring it up again.
It is entirely possible the GOP will screw up and either nominate a “moderate” on guns and/or nominate a generally weak candidate who ends up losing the general election. It is way to early to celebrate.