This past Friday, Rudy Giuliani and a number of other republican candidates spoke to the NRA’s Conference on American Values. Giuliani’s appearance was strange beyond words. It was rather like Rosie O’Donnell speaking at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. Few active politicians have done as much as Rudy to make life hard for guns and gun owners. The sum of what he had to say amounted to, in my words:
“I know I’ve been an anti-gun prick for my entire career, but now that I need your votes, I’m a different guy.”
Then he took a cell phone call from his wife. Different interpretations have been placed on this, but mine is, he’s simply as rude as every other jerk who is slave to a cell phone.
I think the only honest dialog between a politician and the NRA took place in 1966 or 1967 when Bobby Kennedy spoke to the organization and, in a room that seethed with mutual hatred, said:
“I’m going to put you people out of business.”