While this is certainly true, it is equally true that an antigun Republican could do the same thing. By announcing their intentions this early in the campaign season, they’re essentially acknowledging that any Republican including antigun Mitt Romney will be acceptable to them even if they have terrible public records on the issue. Any leverage NRA had in a possible GOP primary is now gone as is any they had for influencing the V.P. pick. This was seriously stupid of Keane to open his mouth.