So I have a confession. When I first saw a few weeks ago that the NRA was opposing President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, I didn’t take it all that seriously. After all, the job has so little if anything to do with guns. I dismissed it as little more than a fundraising pitch for the organization.
By now, it’s clear the NRA has at least damaged if not destroyed the President’s chances of getting his nominee confirmed by the Senate. But as TPM’s Sahil Kapur points out, the nation’s largest gun lobby isn’t going satisfied with merely a win on this one. After more than a year of fighting tooth-and-nail at both the federal and state levels, it wants a win so massive that no one will doubt its prowess, no matter the issue.