Bitter has some analysis on the incoming President of Brady Campaign.
In my mind, this type of hire gives a little more credit to the idea we’ve been talking about for a couple of years now that maybe the Brady Campaign is taking a backseat to the Brady Center. It’s probably easier to raise the (c)3 funds, and this would be a step in the direction of really focusing on the (c)3 work that isn’t just centered around Dennis Hennigan’s legal attempts to re-write the Second Amendment. Dan Gross can focus on happy, feel-good things that will look better to donors who might otherwise be tired of the losses they have faced politically and in the courts for the last three-and-a-half years.
This is what I’ve been saying all along. They have to save their phony baloney jobs. They know that they can’t win legislatively. They know that it’s a matter of time before they get their heads kicked in by Alan Gura again. They know that their foundation money is drying up. They are facing the end of the (anti-gun) world as they know it. So they are going to shift gears, work on their non-profit mission, and focus on trying to fundraise their salaries.
The big question; is NGVAC “official” or rogue? I think it’s a rogue organization. Brady has never done grassroots well. It’s a factor of the way they approach the gun debate. They approach it as top-down technocrats who naturally assume that the people are too stupid to do what’s best for them. That attitude doesn’t change when they look at their own partisans. This would account for how they have consistently used their “victims” as figureheads and human shields instead of policymakers. Thought let’s face it, if you had an organization filled with angry, terrified, faux victims, you’d think that the masses were stupid too.
So what happens to the “true believers” when the bureaucrats tell them that the party’s over? You can just imagine the board meeting.
“Sorry guys, we’ve had our asses handed to us. The Supreme Court has told us twice that the Second Amendment means basically what it says. We couldn’t get tighter gun control out of Obama when he had control of both houses of Congress and a supermajority in the Senate. Basically we’re screwed.”
“But you told us that the Heller and McDonald decisions were limited and worked to our favor?!?!?”
“You didn’t actually believe our lies, did you? I mean, that’s great, I’m glad someone believes us, but it was just us whistling past the graveyard.”
“But GUNS R EBIL! We must prevail!!!”
“About that, we need to focus less on making changes in the law and more on getting the money to pay my salary.”
“People are dying due to EBIL GUNZ and you’re worried about salaries and your damn TPS reports!??!?!?!?”
(under his breath) “Dear God, why did we let those crazy people in here?”
“We’re leaving and starting our own gun control group! We are GUN VICTIMS!!!111Eleventy! And we want ACTION! NATIONAL ACTION!!”
(mumbled) “don’t let the door hit you on the way out. I know we have to have the support of the masses, but do they have to be such dumbasses? It sure is tough being the Vanguard of the Proletariat.”
This would account for the deeply unprofessional way they operate. We are used to the Brady Campaign acting in a sort of professional way. They have a website that looks good and they have a media strategy that doesn’t totally rely on people being dumb enough to swallow the most outrageous lies. They try to at least stay within shouting distance of something that, if you squint at it on a cloudy day, might pass for the truth.
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