Bob McDonnell wrapped up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association today, prompting some hilarious spin among the Democrats who were so proud of Creigh Deeds when he got this endorsement during the 2005 race for Attorney General. NLS says this will only energize anti-gun liberals in Northern Virginia, and other Dems are doing their best to turn this spin into truth by frothing their collective (and collectivist) mouths on cue. The most amusing spin doctoring of this pretty substantial blow to the Deeds campaign however comes not from liberal bloggers and anti-gun activists, but from Creigh Deeds himself. This guy says just the darnedest things.
So what is his opinion on this development today?
Deeds downplayed the importance of the NRA on Monday saying that he has always been a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and gun rights, and he said that politically the NRA is “basically a Republican organization.” (Daily Press, September 14, 2009)
Only problem is, he’s kind of appreciated an NRA endorsement the last time he was running for statewide office in 2005:
“The NRA endorsement is by far more prominent than the endorsement of the FOP. I’m sure when voters head to the polls November 8 they’re going to put a lot greater weight on who’s endorsed by the NRA,” [Deeds spokesman Peter] Jackson said. “The FOP chose to endorse the entire Republican ticket.” (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, September 39, 2005)
“This was and is very, very important to me,” Deeds said.
He said the NRA’s backing “could make a difference” in his race with Republican Bob McDonnell, a state delegate from Virginia Beach who also has made a strong push for support from gun owners. Polls indicate the race is very close. (Roanoke Times, September 30, 2005)
I get the impression the Deeds campaign is mighty concerned about this, and with good reason. The NRA-ILA is getting a lot of people active in this election, holding volunteer seminars across the Commonwealth and getting not only a lot of gun owners to the polls this November, but arming them with a lot of very relevant information. The NRA has well over a hundred thousand members in Virginia, and if they only get even a small fraction of them to be actively engaged, it’s going to be quite a considerable army. That’s not even mentioning the huge swaths of their membership that vote with the NRA’s endorsement list in their hand at the voting booth.
It’s got to be a tough time in the Deeds campaign when all they can do to counter is announce that the Firefighter’s union, which always supports the most liberal candidates in Virginia (like moonfruity Jeanette Rishell) is getting behind Deeds. Yeah, like that’s a surprise, or even noteworthy in any way.
UPDATE: Fishersville Mike gets the prize for the best comment on all of this: “When your campaign is going up in smoke, it’s helpful to have help from people who are used to dealing with smoldering embers.”
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