Originally Posted by alnorth
Who cares about what Feinstein proposes. The votes simply aren't there. There is not some complicated master-plan to get things passed, they don't have the votes, and the gun-control folks who thought they finally might have a chance are only now beginning to realize it.
They will never have the votes, because every state has 2 senators, and there are just too many rural states. Dems do have the capability of winning a rural senate seat here and there (and therefore, are able to control the chamber), but virtually every single one of those rural state dems are A-rated by the NRA.
Heidi Heitkamp (who just won in ND) just recently came out against the AWB and vowed to vote against it. There's no way in hell a guy like Begich, who faces a tough re-election in Alaska, is going to vote for it either. Tester from MT? Forget about it. There are no anti-gun Republicans on the other side. Hell, I don't think even Harry Reid would vote for it, he's not stupid and he came damned close to getting scalped by a raving nutbag last time.
Its really not complicated. Who knows long-term about the house, perhaps one day that might flip over to supporting new gun control laws, but the Senate is the unbreachable bulwark.
Make senate Dems take a vote, I dare them here's the casualty list for this year:
And it puts whoever runs to replace Rockefeller in WV in a box.
Joe Manchin can't take that vote, Tester, Heitkamp, Donnelly can't either. Bennett and Udall would struggle in CO. Just puts the Ds entire western strategy at risk so yeah, call the vote ****ers.
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