CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The NRA's elites in Washington have their panties in a bunch and, prior to clutching their pearls and swooning onto their fainting couches, they have launched another attack on Sen. Joe Manchin.
The most charitable interpretation of their recent honesty-challenged effort is that that they consider us West Virginians to possess the cognition of bank mules. Memo to the NRA top brass -- we are not the gullible clodhoppers you think we are.
Earlier, Manchin had refused to quake in jelly-kneed fear at the NRA's television attack ads that had been designed to put him in his place.
Now the group's ossified leadership has sucked in its breath in mock outrage and launched unsigned letter grenades at Manchin's plan to make it harder for members of al-Qaida, convicted felons and those under domestic violence petitions to get their mitts on guns.
The letters have come to 200,000 West Virginians. I got mine a couple of weeks ago. It began with a throwaway line of mock distress about the Newtown shootings.
The difference between the NRA's wealthy leadership and the senator is that Manchin looked at the dead of Newtown and decided to do something about gun violence, while the NRA sits on its hands, and the gun industry sits on the NRA's executives.
The letter made the honesty-challenged assertion that Sen. Manchin, and those who agree with him, are simply playing politics with dead children. In reality, it is the NRA leadership who are playing politics.