Manchin Clamoring to Counter NRA Ads

Forcing Manchin to have to spend money defending his anti-gun position is a good idea:

But for Manchin and his top aides, the dispute with the NRA has become increasingly personal. Manchin’s chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, a lifetime NRA member, has let his membership to the group lapse. Rogers even pulled the pro-NRA sticker off his own truck.

Oh no. Joe Manchin’s top aides are abandoning the NRA! What matters is what West Virginians think, and our voters have long memories, and we love giving the boot to traitors. Meanwhile, MSNBC argues NRA darkened Obama, bringing out one of the leading defenses of the left: when all else fails, accuse your opponent of being racists.

14 Responses to “Manchin Clamoring to Counter NRA Ads”

  1. Dave says:

    I’m curious how you let a lifetime membership lapse? Any club that Rogers is a member of should immediately revoke his membership and permanently ban him from the facility. The same goes for Trader Joe.

  2. Right Wing Wacko says:

    How does one “Let his lifetime membership lapse”?

  3. John Richardson says:

    I find this quite interesting. Rogers was the Dem nominee for Congress in the 11th District of NC in 2012. He wanted the voters in WNC to think he was Mr NRA. He did have their endorsement in the primary.

    Rogers was chief of staff for Heath Shuler before running for Congress.

  4. Shootin' Buddy says:

    How does one “Let his lifetime membership lapse”?

    Resign your commission???

    Shootin’ Buddy

  5. Patrick H says:

    Its really weird how Manchin has taken this personally. Unlike Toomey (who I still don’t quite understand) he has continued to push this. He must have really heard from his constituents and is trying to fight back- the wrong way.

    • Here’s the issue as I see it.

      If Manchin wants to have ANY future in the Dem machine he needs to push this and probably get something through (nobody likes a loser). That sweet Sec of Interior Appointment in 2014? He won’t get it if he abandons the signature issue.

      If he pushes this, there’s a good chance he loses his job as a Senator in a rural state.

      So the NRA’s opposition is literally kill his political career. He is screwed politically.

      Toomey, on the other hand, hopes that he can slink back into the fold. He may be allowed to do so.

  6. Dirk Diggler says:

    Maybe the NRA should opine on his membership status. You can’t let a lifetime membership “lapse” but you can resign it, which frankly, is a more appropriate gesture if one is truly making a protest instead of just forgetting to pay one’s tab for a yearly renewal

    • Maybe he was on the EZ Pay Life plan. Those top staffers are just regular joes, struggling to make ends meet and dreading the upcoming implementation of Obamacare… oh, wait… well, one part of that is true I guess. :-P

  7. Lauderdale Vet says:

    Said he had a lifetime membership, not necessarily a Life Membership. Whatever. Don’t let the door…

  8. Mike V. says:

    “a lifetime NRA member, has let his membership to the group lapse.” I guess its possible he’s been an annual member all that time.

  9. OK, so let me get this straight: Anti-gun Joe Manchin, who pretends to be pro-gun every six years, and was the face of the “Manchin-Toomey” (aka Schumer-Lautenberg) backdoor registration bill, isn’t pretending this year.

    Let’s see how that works out for him. He sure likes living in Washington a lot more than he likes going home to West Virginia. But that’s OK, someone will have an office for him on K street if he played this wrong; he won’t have to go back among the constituents he dismisses as hillbillies and hayseeds, let alone work for a living.

  10. Matt R. says:

    OH $#!+….

    He pulled his bumper sticker. He MUST be serious now….

    End sarcasm.

    –Matt R.

  11. Alpheus says:

    I like the claim that the NRA lied about how people would unexpectedly become criminals under the law…yet blogs like this posted specific language from the bill itself that made it clear how people can become criminals without realizing it.

    Not only that, but how many lies have been put forth, both generally an in this specific bill, time and again by gun banners? Yet they expect us to believe them without question, as if they have earned our trust…


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