As I was doing my Sunday political reading this morning, this caught my eye:
The Sacramento Bee looks at how Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), a pro-gun lawmaker, was ousted after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $3.3 million on television and mail attacks against him -- three times the sum Baca and challenger Negrete McLeod (D) raised between them.
"By homing in on a loyal National Rifle Association politician, Bloomberg altered a long-standing element of American politics. Time was, a politician like Baca could cast pro-gun votes, receive NRA support and not worry about an attack from any moneyed interest that promoted gun control. No such group existed, at least not on the order of the NRA."
Said Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson: "It sends a message: you can lose your seat by voting against prudent gun legislation. Hopefully, members will think twice before taking these votes. They can't just vote the NRA's way and assume they won't hear about it."
Now I suspect there's a worthwhile discussion to be had here about cash flowing into a race from an outside-the-state interest (a wealthy, well-connected Mike Bloomberg). But gun politics has been so highly dominated by the National Rifle Association that many candidates have been afraid to even discuss common sense gun regulation for fear of having a money dump against them by the NRA.
It's fascinating to me that some of the reliable GOP bread and butter canards are seemingly eroding in their effectiveness: marriage equality, abortion, communism/socialism, taxes and now gun control. Or perhaps the public is just boogeyman'd out.