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As Vladimir Putin continues his meteoric ascent from lowly KGB desk jockey to giant axe-wielding democracy-defiler, many of us may find ourselves wondering whether the people we know and love are secretly playing for Team Russia. For example, my colleague Patrick Baker. He’s got unusually small hands and shifty eyes. And he’s never not in the bathroom. There simply isn’t enough room in the large intestine for all the potty breaks that guy purports to take. (FYI Pat: the Febreeze isn’t in there for decoration.)
Say you're the largest lobbying group in the history of lobbying groups. Sure, your paid membership only accounts for 3% or 4% of all America's estimated 140 million or so gun owners, but you are the undisputed loudest voice on firearms in America — serving industry manufacturers, lobbying legislators, and setting the agenda for concerned gun enthusiasts... even as you fight allegations that you hate schoolkids, lie and manipulate a lot, take foreign money for your star-spangled cause, and intimidate or talk past opponents rather than attempting to engage them.