Joe Huffman thinks this deal could end up being the long shot that kills the whole campaign finance monstrosity. CountertopÂ thinks that’s exactly what’s going to happen, and notes that this controversy is forcing the media and our opponents to highlight the fact that NRA has a million members andÂ receivesÂ littleÂ corporateÂ funding. Kind of blows a hole in VPC and Brady’s “gun lobby” claims, doesn’t it?Â Van Hollen isÂ having to do some work to keep allies in line. The backlash from left groups appears to be starting. Certainly none of these things are good for the bill, but I’m not sure the Democratic leadership won’t shove it down everyone’s throats anyway.
If the attention this deal is getting does kill the bill, I think it would be giving NRA too much credit to say they planned it that way, but nor do I think anyone at headquarters will shed a tear. No one likes this bill. It’s the Democrats who want it.