The Everytown for Gun Safety group has entered the political endorsement arena, a Tuesday announcement by the Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action proclaims.
“Everytown Endorses a YES Vote on Washington State I-594, The Nation’s Only Statewide Background Initiative on Ballot this November,” the announcement declares. “Everytown Endorses State and Federal Candidates who have Shown Leadership in Effort to Keep Communities Safe from Gun Violence; TV Ads Featuring Gun Violence Survivors To Air In Local Markets.”
The first issue, an Astroturf hijacking of the political process by Michael Bloomberg and fellow security detail-protected billionaires like Bill Gates and a cadre of Microsoft cronies, has been comprehensively covered by Dave Workman in a series of Seattle Gun Rights Examiner columns. Bloomberg’s funding of ads has also received extensive media coverage.
This column will focus on the Everytown picks, and specifically on some commonalities they share.
Beginning with states, what’s apparent from the start is only a minority of them are represented, and only a small percentage of offices within them.
Beginning in California, Everytown weighs in for Attorney General Kamala Harris. Seeing as how the California executive branch is solidly Democrat, and Harris overwhelmingly dominates the current field, the endorsement is pretty safe.
The Colorado endorsements all go to Democrats. As do those for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party), Nevada, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
The other thing that’s immediately apparent is they are all Democrats, they are all “progressives,” and for the most part, they are either incumbents or in “safe” races.
What’s also evident, particularly in governor races, is the Republicans have not fielded unabashedly “pro-gun” contestants in two out of Everytown’s three. So while gun owners in Connecticut may go with Tom Foley over Dannell Malloy, their main object is to get Malloy out. Ditto, in Colorado, where John Hickenlooper challenger Bob Beuaprez got a tepid 79 percent rating from the National Rifle Association. Perhaps that’s enough to induce gun owners to hold their noses and vote Republican, but it’s hardly the fire-in-the-belly inspiration needed to assure a championship game victory. As for Pennsylvania, where Tom Corbett secured the NRA endorsement, anti-gun Tom Wolf has millions more to spend, and gun owners ought to remember that, particularly if they are union members whose rights have been sold out by their leaderships, or potential BON-TON department store customers.
The federal House races repeat the pattern. Arizona: Democrat incumbent; California: Democrat incumbents or replacements; Colorado: Democrat incumbents; Connecticut: Democrat incumbents; Florida: Democrat incumbent; Iowa: Democrats, one incumbent; Illinois: Democrat incumbents; Massachusetts: Democrat incumbents; Maryland: Democrat incumbents; Michigan: Democrat incumbent and replacement; Minnesota: DFL incumbent; Mississippi: Democrat incumbent; North Carolina: Democrat incumbent; New Hampshire: Democrat incumbents; New Jersey: Democrat replacement; New York: Democrat incumbents, with the exception of Democrat replacement Kathleen Rice and Republican whatever you call the incumbent freak, Pete King; Pennsylvania is the anomaly: One Democrat incumbent, one Democrat replacement, and two more RINOs illustrating why you should only donate to worthy candidates, never to the party, Pat Meehan and Mike Fitzpatrick; Rhode Island: Democrat incumbents; Virginia, Democrat incumbents, a replacement and a challenger; Washington: Democrat incumbent; Wisconsin: Democrat incumbent.
The Senate is more of the same. Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia picks are All Democrat incumbents. Everytown picked Democrat replacements for Iowa and Michigan. The Republican exception is incumbent Susan Collins of Maine, who maybe ought to get some brain before she gives it.
The main commonality to walk away from this with: Just as the billionaire-funded Astroturfers pose as the grassroots, the overabundance of safe selections, guaranteed to give them a track record of victories they can them claim as proof of their political wallop, is all part of the carefully-staged illusion-making. It’s the politics of perception, and with all their “legitimate news media” water carriers, their phony relevance as legitimate power brokers is one thing Everytown for Political Safety can count on seeing magnified.
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