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NRA endorses McConnell in Ky. primary
The Hill [DC], by Rachel Huggins

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/13/2014 10:44:00 AM

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund announced Saturday it has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for re-election in the May 20 Kentucky primary. "Mitch McConnell is a true champion of our Second Amendment rights, leading the fight against President Obama, Harry Reid and Michael Bloomberg´s anti-freedom agenda," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, in a statement. "Sen. McConnell’s steadfast support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and hunting heritage has earned him an A+ rating from the NRA.” Participating in a Second Amendment rally with the Sportsmen for Team Mitch

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 4/13/2014 11:10:14 AM     (No. 9809155)

We always accuse the Democrats as being a party that depends on a collection of special interests. Well, the GOP has a similar problem. The NRA represents a large block of single issue voters. The Evangelicals represent a large block of single issue voters. Club for Growth represents a large block of single issue voters. It is no wonder that the Establishment block is able to control the party.

Somehow the Democrats have managed to unite their factions by demonizing Republicans so the Unions will vote for a green Democrat who opposes the Keystone Pipeline simply because he isn´t a Republican. Republicans don´t have this party loyalty and they lose elections.

I try to convince the single issue voter that the Democrat who might win because of refusing to vote is worse than the Republican they don´t like. That strategy seems to fail and I don´t understand it. Incremental change is the only way we will take this country back unless it gets so bad that war breaks out and then the outcome is likely to be far worse.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/13/2014 11:21:25 AM     (No. 9809174)

You´re right, #1. But, there is something to be achieved by widening our candidate base so that the long-entrenched get periodically uprooted for someone fresher. The problem is carefully considering those fresher names so we don´t get torpedoed. The newer name is not always a good replacement for the older one. And a Democrat is NEVER a good replacement for a Republican.

It´s a learning process and we´re learning.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/13/2014 11:40:00 AM     (No. 9809194)

McConnell, like Orrin Hatch, is everything to everybody before the election, then a loser afterwards.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 4/13/2014 11:51:30 AM     (No. 9809206)

McConnell will never have my support, even after he pries it from my cold, dead hands!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nevernaught, 4/13/2014 12:13:12 PM     (No. 9809228)

If the NRA is going to endorse a candidate before the Republican Primary, I want a reason why one candidate is better than the other and I want it in the mailings I get from the NRA.

I´m thinking my membership dues could be spent better by sending the money to candidates I approve of myself and McConnell isn´t one of them.

C´est la vie

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Reply 6 - Posted by: periwinkel, 4/13/2014 12:52:03 PM     (No. 9809256)

Thirty years with few accomplishments is too long. Time for new blood.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: The Other Guy, 4/13/2014 12:55:47 PM     (No. 9809262)

Not exactly the case, #1. The NRA is certainly a single issue organization and they base their endorsements on that issue exclusively. Nothing else is taken into consideration. I´ve been a NRA member for over 30 years because of that issueI, but that doesn´t mean that I and thousands of other members are also single issue voters. This particular endorsement hasn´t changed my mind in the least. Bevan still has my support and vote in the upcoming primary.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley, 4/13/2014 1:35:23 PM     (No. 9809300)

#7 said it very well. The NRA is about guns and nothing else. McConnell may have a stellar gun vote record. I always take their recommendations into consideration before deciding, but they do not decide for me.
Their endorsement is but one factor in a long equation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: FunOne, 4/13/2014 1:42:29 PM     (No. 9809306)

As an NRA Life Member, I was concerned about the NRA endorsement of Joe Manchin over John Raese for Senator. Raese was very pro-gun rights, and an NRA Member. After he was elected, Manchin had a run-in with the NRA about background checks, and even ran an ad that was critical of the NRA leadership.

I don´t know how they choose who they favor with an endorsement.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 4/13/2014 1:56:18 PM     (No. 9809314)

McConnell needs to go I don´t care who endorses him.

Fresh blood that will not give in to the Marxist democrats in the name of go along to get along.

Marxist democrats must be opposed is every step of the process. Republican voters need to vote for those who will stand in opposition to everything the Marxist democrats do and say.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Penney, 4/13/2014 2:06:58 PM     (No. 9809322)

This endorsement is much too tunnel-visioned, considering McConnell´s withering example of Constitutional, ´leadership.´

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/13/2014 2:12:48 PM     (No. 9809325)

The establishment´s voice in the media, especially on FNC, always will see to it that those who challenge incumbents will NEVER measure up. We conservatives are learning this and realizing that supporting PROVEN nonleaders is the worst decision of all. The incumbent needs to be judged on the basis of accomplishments and promises kept. I wish the NRA would have at least waited a bit - no need to do it this early.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pinchem, 4/13/2014 3:30:47 PM     (No. 9809382)

#1...I agree about the Republican voters who stay home because they can´t stand the Republican candidate. To me they are no better than the Liberal Marxist who vote FOR Democrats.

I sometimes wonder if they have IQ´s high enough to know what MAJORITY means. Sometimes we may have to take a mediocre candidate as opposed to a Liberal Marxst.

Like in KY, voting for Bevan is far better than reelecting McConnell or stay home and vote for left wing Marxist Democrat.

Yes they have a right to stay home and not vote but then do not expect my respect as a Patriot.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: Coy860, 4/13/2014 3:39:07 PM     (No. 9809392)

The only time I have seen McConnell fight is against his own fellow Republicans, IF they are conservative TEA party People.
30 years of spending and Pork are enough.
Bevin is a good man and a great candidate, much better than McConnell of K street loving fame. HE is part of the problem, NEVER will be part of a solution.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: god of irony, 4/13/2014 4:10:56 PM     (No. 9809409)

This endorsement makes me think less of the NRA, not better of McConnell.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 4/13/2014 4:24:00 PM     (No. 9809420)

I am not sure what to make of someone who says I am less of a patriot than them when I refuse to vote for someone that goes along with socialist ideas, but indicates they will vote for that person.

I am pretty sure I will pay more attention to the admonition of those I respect.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 4/13/2014 4:48:04 PM     (No. 9809430)

Republicans need to stop the circular firing squad.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: kafir091101, 4/13/2014 5:58:49 PM     (No. 9809469)

I have donated a small sum to Bevin.

If McConnell wins the primary I will also donate a small sum to his Democrap opponent.

And, if I was a Kentucky resident, I´d also vote for his opponent this November!

It´s the old thing about if you have cancer in a leg bone, you´ve really got to get rid of it. The leg bone that is!

I believe we will win enough seats in the Senate this November that McConnell can easily be the Sacrificial Old Goat and it will not have a negative impact.

These long time GOP RINO JerkWards simply must go.

I´ll change my mind if McConnell signs a binding agreement to resign from his leadership position and not accept any new leadership positions or even committee assignments.

Or he could simply resign from the Senate now and the governor of Kentucky could appoint Bevin to serve out McConnell´s term.

I´ve been an NRA member off and on for many many years. Most recently because of the BS over the Connecticut school shootings.

My membership was due last month but it won´t be renewed any time soon and maybe never.

There is no difference between Bevin and McConnell as far as 2nd Amendment issues are concerned.

The NRA should have waited until after the primary and then endorsed whoever won that election.

Bad move on their part. Now instead of writing a check to renew my membership, I´ll write another one for Bevin.

I wonder how many other NRA members are as ´Unpatriotic´ as me and will donate and/or vote for a Democrat just to get rid of someone like McConnell , The Bonner, Cantor, McCarthy and a few others.

Kafir

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Yuban, 4/13/2014 6:12:30 PM     (No. 9809475)

I am not loyal to the GOP. I am loyal to the candidate willing to fight for the unborn. I am loyal to the candidate that will fight for traditional marriage. I am loyal to the candidate that will fight secure borders. If the GOP candidate will not fight for what I believe in then why vote for them? Just to make YOU happy? Losing an election is far better than losing my way with God. Nope, sorry to say, I don´t expect some of you on here to understand. Yes, I can take the brow beating and name calling from you as well. I like to win as much as the next guy. I just refuse to win at all costs.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 4/13/2014 8:49:46 PM     (No. 9809598)

A few years ago I read an article in the NRA´s monthly magazine in which the writer explained the organization´s approach to endorsements. According to him, when they have two guys with equally good records on gun rights they always go with the incumbent as a matter of principle, because by their reckoning there is no need to replace him, period.

The NRA is a terrific organization, but their single-minded focus as a one issue enterprise can occasionally be frustrating. As a pro-lifer, it irks me when they occasionally endorse a pro-abort with a good second amendment record.

I wish the NRA would understand that the right to keep and bear arms is not the "First Freedom", as they like to say, but a close first cousin to the right to life itself.

Having said that, I hope a few of the earlier posters will reconsider their stated decisions to withhold their contributions to the NRA. We all know what great work the NRA does in general elections. They are a very powerful ally, perhaps the only conservative-leaning outfit of whom the left is genuinely afraid.


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