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  •  And the meme: remind people that there were... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... some Democrats who voted against "gun control" bills. Ignore totally President Obama's shorthand - that 90% of the Democrats voted for background checks and 90% of the Republicans voted against.

    Ignore also that the polls on the subject - poll after poll, even the polls not said to be liberal-biased! - that well cover the public and many key sub-sets of the public.

    Yes, I blame the NRA. It's a devil we can point to and it sure deserves opprobrium. But the real devil is that the gun advocates are visible, they're noisy, they write letters and they do get out and vote. That multiples their voice way beyond their actual numbers. And they target votes in primaries - a single-issue-bundle target of utter defiance of how far out their views are, how unrepresentative of the general public, including many responsible gun owners.

    We, on the other hand, are multiple issue voters. And politically - at the ballot box - we will have to forgive those errant Democrats because we cannot afford to yield the Senate, too. In 2014, we need every Democrat who can win an election.

     So ... what can we do? [First, a moment of hand wringing and whinging. Whew. Glad that moment's over.] We can lobby those Senator-princes of the realm who believe they know what their voters want. Show them what their voters want. Marshall influential state-level citizens to call and visit their Senators and Congresspersons. Counter the one-on-one lobbying of their "friends" - the professional lobbyists from the NRA, the Gun Owners of America, and the insta-grass-roots groups funded by the special interests of the gun-rightists.

    We need to make our arguments as simple as theirs' and meet them on home turf.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:47:07 AM PDT

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      I would also conclude--

      1. Make sure those Democrats who voted against the bill know that they will not "pay" if they vote for it.  In other words, promise them Blumberg money if they take a risk.

      2.  Make sure Republicans running in purple states/districts are targeted if they voted against the bill.  Put money behind it.

      One thing different now than before--we've got a greater lobbying presence and more money on our side.

      Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

      by NCJan on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:19:52 AM PDT

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