Friday, December 19, 2014

186.1 - Good News: NRA loses one

Good News: NRA loses one

The show will be a little different this week: I'm going to run through four thing rather quickly so I can spend most of the time on an edition of And Another Thing, where we step away from political stuff for a time.

So let's open with a bit of good news.

On December 15, the Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as surgeon general of the United States. A small thing, you would think, and not all that important in the greater scheme of things, except for one detail: Murthy's nomination had been held up for a year because of opposition by the NRA or as I know them, the Nutzoid Rabbit-brains of America.

Yep, the NRA declared it opposed Murthy's nomination. In fact, the rabbit-brains said they would score the vote on his confirmation; that is, they would count it in determining which Senators to actively support or oppose come next election. It was that important to them, all because he earlier said that "guns are a health care issue." So they actively opposed his confirmation right up to the vote.

So it took a year, but the NRA lost. And that is itself enough to make it good news.

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