The problem with conservative Democrats is that when you send them to DC, they typically don't stay conservative very long.
When they show up for that first week of orientation, they at some point get "the briefing." Their situation is explained to them in clear terms.
It boils down to: "Play Ball, or enjoy your one term here in DC."
Then of course there is the same old peer pressure that people deal with from elementary school on. They simply don't want to be social pariahs. Everyone want's to be on the party circuit "a-list."
Are there exceptions? Yes, but they tend to be the exception that proves the rule.
Many of the same rules apply to the Republicans too. The party elite think that conservatives are a necessary evil, not a positive force in the party. So it ain't sunshine and unicorns for conservatives in either party.
Conservative Democrats? Temper your expectations accordingly.
As to NRA support, please note that they endorsed Harry Reid at one point. The NRA goes by that person's record. In the case where a Dem has a decent record and the Republican has no record to reference, they will go with the Dem. Nothing sinister or complex there. Now, if you KNOW or are relatively certain the Republican is pro-gun, but the NRA doesn't, let your conscience be your guide. For all we know, next election, the republican in question might get an "A" rating once he establishes a record that can be pointed to.
MSgt, USAF, Retired
NRA Life Member
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see. - Ayn Rand
Last edited by Overkill0084; 10-21-2012 at 04:49 PM.