Philip Bump writes for the Washington Post’s The Fix. In this piece from earlier today, Bump notes that all those tweets on Twitter (and I might add the front page of the New York Daily News) that took GOP congressmen to task for offering condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the San Bernardino shooting were missing the point. You see, the meme is that offering prayers was a hollow jester when they had the power to pass gun control had it not been for all the money they received from he NRA (even though it appears from what we know that no laws were broken in the acquisition of the firearms used). Bump focused on ThinkProgress’s Igor Volsky’s tweets that listed the NRA contributions to various congressmen who tweeted prayers and noted that Volsky missed the real point.
Especially when the donor is contributing a tiny fraction of everything the candidate received. The power of the NRA lies in the cause they advocate. Gun rights has a strong base of support, and one that votes heavily Republican. The NRA didn’t need to give Goodlatte a dime, and his reaction to San Bernardino would likely have been the same.