Who said: “I like what he said” and “He said a lot of things that if you’re a law-abiding American firearm owner, you’re nodding and you’re saying ‘I agree with that.'”? Wayne LaPierre. Who’d he say it about? Rudy Giuliani. Does this mean he is the NRA’s first choice? No. But if the NRA sticks with tradition and does not endorse in the primary it sounds like they could live with Rudy should he be the alternative to Hillary. A couple other smart guys think that at the very least Rudy helped himself yesterday. Now, in a hotly contested primary with multiple choices will the NRA throw its weight behind one of the GOP contenders? It would seem more likely if only one of the contenders did well. However, most observers both there and viewing from afar didn’t think that happened. For now the NRA is promising to have open forums in early states so we are likely to hear a lot more about the Parker case.
One final thought: in person and on screen Huckabee is a better speaker than nearly everyone in the field. Every debate or speech pundits say “Wow, he was good” or “Wow, he stole the show.” He is more focused and energetic than Thompson and more accessible than Romney. If he actually gets money in the bank, he’s going to be highly competitive in Iowa and SC.
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