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11/01/2003 Archived Entry: ""Pandering to the NRA" -- NOT!"

PANDERING TO THE NRA. That's what presidential candidate John Kerry accused Howard Dean of doing when Dean said he'd like to be the candidate to lure a broad spectrum of voters -- including "white men with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks" -- back to the Dem party.

Blah, blah, blah. Anyone mentioning "Confederate flag" is racist. And since all those guys with Confederate flags also have rifle racks, it's "pandering to the NRA." Like these people are so out of touch they don't know the NRA's not the only game in town. On that level, it's all boring. And one more diversion from the real issues.

But when I read that "pandering" line, my little brain flashed to a wonderful comeback. What if, someday, there was a mainstream candidate gutsy enough to say: "Pandering to the NRA? Hell no! I wouldn't pander to those wimps. I'm pandering to Gun Owners of America, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and KeepandBearArms.com!"

Wouldn't you love it? In some other lifetime, perhaps ...

Posted by Claire @ 08:15 PM CST

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