(NOTE: It is important to remember in the grand scheme of things that this kerfluffle means exactly dick. However, given the evident discomfiture and crawfishing by the NRA and Sebastian over the exploding cigar which is the 23rd Congressional District of New York, I couldn't resist. ;-) -- MBV)
First, we have this announcement:
November 01, 2009
GOP ex-candidate endorses Democrat in NY race
The Associated Press
A day after Republican state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava abruptly suspended her campaign for a New York congressional seat, she announced Sunday she's endorsing the Democrat in the race — not the Conservative Party candidate favored by fellow Republicans.
Of course, most will remember that Chris Cox of the NRA/ILA endorsed Scozzafava with these words:
Based on your tested and proven record in the New York Assembly, as well as your responses to our federal candidate questionnaire, you have earned an “A” rating from the NRAPVF. On November 3, we urge our members, gun owners and sportsmen in New York’s 23rd congressional district to vote for you for Congress.
Now David Codrea here with comments entitled "Hell Hath No Fury" and Peter at WRSA here with trenchant observations about "shark jumping" heap deserved scorn upon the NRA's cynical miscalculations (called "pragmatism" by its defenders).
Of course my first reaction was curiosity about just what Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell might have to say. One of his posters, one DirtCrashr,
commented last night:
And now Scofazzile has endorsed the Democrat. Some kind of Republican, huh?
To which Sebastian stoutly rejoined, very early this morning:
November 2nd, 2009 at 12:37 am
What are you going to do, though, Jessup? If someone has a record of supporting you, are you just going to tell them to fuck off and support some unknown upstart when they seek higher office? Are you just going to cynically stay out of the whole process?
Like or it not, American politics comes to a plurality/majority liking one loser over another loser/losers. You can either get angry about that, or figure out a way to play that system to the benefit of the things you believe in. That will mean that sometimes you back a lame horse.
Politics is a whole lot like gambling. Sometimes your hand will lose, but as long as you win more than you lose, you can keep moving forward and stay in the game.
There. Now you know the logic. Which begs the question: How many of these contests has the NRA won lately? But nevermind, the point is to stay in a losing game. The Lairds of Fairfax, faced with defeat once more, will without evident shame try to "do a deal."
Thus history will record, the NRA's long, bloody "pragmatic" fighting retreat from principle continued while the real battle for liberty was left to others.