Last week, the NRA won a crucial exemption for itself and other large grassroots organization from a new campaign disclosure bill that passed the House of Representatives. A lot of liberals were upset because they hate the NRA and gun rights to their very core. Tom Perriello, who's been perfect on gun rights so far in Congress, came out strong in defense of the NRA.
Another day, and another victory for gun rights and the NRA. The Supreme Court has struck down some absurd gun control laws in Chicago that banned the ownership of handguns. And again, we find Perriello applauding the victory.
I questioned Robert Hurt's use of his NRA rating throughout the primary. I am still confused as to why he continues to push the issue. First, it's stupid to use it as a defense against the charge of raising taxes . . .
Tea Partier: Robert Hurt raised my taxes! I don't like him!
Hurtard: But Hurt like guns!
Tea Partier: I didn't complain about his stance on guns, I complained about taxes!
Hurtard: Guns! Abortion! Marriage! Conservative! La la la la la I'm not listening!
Tea Partier: Taxes Taxes Taxes Taxes!!! Why aren't you listening?!
That's pretty much the Republican primary this year.
Now the Hurtards are focusing on gun rights again, against Perriello. But again it's non-starter . . .
Hurtard: Vote for Robert! He likes guns!
Charlottesville Liberal: So does Tommy . . . grumble grumble
Hurtard: I'm still not listening because I cannot acknowledge that Perriello isn't as liberal as Tucker has told me!
If that's the general election I may move.
Hurt spent the primary convincing people that his A rating from the NRA meant he was conservative. He's now moving to the general election where Perriello will get the NRA endorsement. Hurt's primary logic would argue that this makes Perriello conservative. Hurt now has to explain how being conservative is more than just checking off boxes.
Governor McDonnell ran on a platform of positive, forward-thinking conservative proposals like privatizing the ABC stories and offshore drilling. Deeds ran against McDonnell and lost. Kilgore ran against Kaine and lost. Kerry ran against Bush and lost. Run against someone and people know what you're against, but not what you're for. Candidates that run on principles have a better chance at victory. Now is the time for Hurt to tell us what he is for.