I was in the middle of something else, and into my second beer so I did not have my wits totally about me, so I’ll paraphrase:
[Young sounding kid, probably his first job, I’m guessing minimum wage to start, goes right into his canned spiel] “Sir, I’m so and so from the NRA and I would like to ask you a one question survey.”
[Before he could go further, I jumped in.] “First, I have a beef with the NRA. I think the NRA sold out. [I was grasping for time, trying to remember what my beef was.] The NRA…recently took a stand…do you know what I am talking about? [Hoping he would bail me out.]
“The NRA endorsement of Harry Reid?”
[Me, stalling for time] “Yeah.”
[He apparently refers to a sheet of paper and reads response] “Sir, the NRA has not taken an official position regarding the official endorsement of Harry Reid…”
[Me, remembering why I have a beef with the NRA…] “Yeah? What about the sell out in the law that is trying to repeal the effects of ‘Citizens United’? The NRA decided to support the new law when they got grand-fathered in so that the new law will not apply to them!”
[Him, flustered] “Sir, let me get an answer for you about that…”
[Dead air for approximately 15 seconds.]
“Sir, the NRA has not yet taken a definitive position on that issue.” [I sensed relief in his voice, as if he thought this would pacify me.]
Me: “Well, how about when the NRA does take a position opposing the new law that seeks to nullify the ‘Citizens United’ decision, then you can call me back!?”
Him, obviously relieved that this phone call was over: “Okay, sir, thank you.”
I SWEAR that this post is substantially 98% true, though not word for word. It just happened 10 minutes ago.
Okay, my recollection was flawed. The NRA did not actually throw their support behind the law that is seeking to over-turn the effects of “Citizens United,” they merely agreed to remain neutral on the issue, instead of opposing it, because they got their exemption. Their neutrality would then give cover to on the fence blue dog Democrats who could vote in favor of the law by saying, “Look! The NRA did not oppose it!”
Hit ’em where it hurts. In the pocketbook.