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  •  A different take on turnout (10+ / 0-)

    First, if you can get the talking heads to buy the "stunning defeat for the NRA" theory, even though that's clearly not the case, you'll mess with their heads.  More importantly, it will tend to deter the NRA's ability to build on the meme of "they voted for gun control and we kicked their ass."

    Second, realistically, the NRA was on home turf in a low turnout election.  And they wisely made this a referendum on gun control, not on the candidate, the Democrats, Obama, or anyone else.  We shouldn't be overestimating the magnitude of the NRA's victory (the districts were chosen based on the likelihood of winning, and to some degree based on shock value) but we ought to be looking at how they won.  (It cuts both ways.  What happens if we make an election a referendum on the NSA, an issue where we have the upper hand?)

    •  If a district that had two Democratic Senators, (0+ / 0-)

      a large advantage in registered Dems & voted for Obama by 19 points is 'NRA home turf', then where isn't 'their turf'?

      It's not the NRA. I realize that a lot of people are trying to make this about some 'faceless, eeeevil, lobbying group', but actual people, including many Democrats, are actually against having liberties taken from them by having legal items banned from them.

      Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

      by FrankRose on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 09:39:01 PM PDT

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