The National Rifle Association will promise to offer "meaningful contributions" to the gun control debate after the Newtown first-grader massacre. That contribution has turned out to be a series of cliches which the NRA will offer Vice President Joe Biden Thursday in its meeting with his gun commission. An NRA official tells Politico's Mike Allen it will frame the gun control debate as a familiar fight between "real Americans" and the "elites."
The NRA tells Allen its message to Biden will be this:
"We are willing to talk to policymakers about any reasonable proposals and plans. However, the NRA is hearing not just from Beltway elites and the chattering class, but real Americans all over the country that are hoping the NRA is not going to compromise on any of the principles of the Second Amendment, nor are we going to support banning guns. But we're willing to listen."
The idea that some Americans are less American than others is a familiar refrain from the Tea Party. Before Mitt Romney managed to piss off half the nation with his
"47 percent" comments, in the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin apologized for picking out small towns as "the real America" and "pro-America" part of the country. Likewise, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave one of her more memorable interviews to MSNBC's Chris Matthews urging voters to "look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?"