Breitbart.com is reporting that red state democrats up for re-election are running away from Bloomberg and his gun grabbers:
As the push to pass gun control legislation hits its peak and individuals like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg spend millions to sway Senate votes, Democrat Senators in red states are stepping back to say they don’t take marching orders from Bloomberg.
They link a Washington Post story that lists the senators in question:
The five Senators are Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).
and says this
Proponents of stricter measures are becoming increasingly fed up with the Senate’s inaction. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a survivor of a mass shooting, said the delays have created “an environment so that cowards can succeed.”
“Ninety-one percent of the American people support a universal background check, and we’ve got members on the House and Senate side that are gutless,” she said. “They know in their heart of hearts that it’s the absolute right thing to do, but they are more concerned about their reelection.”
As I’ve already explained that’s bait & switch, if 91% of the voters were with Congresswoman Speier their concern for re-election would bring them along.
While I’m pleased to see these senators hold the line I think there is a more critical paragraph in the Post story that deserves more attention, particularly from the voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana & North Carolina:
“If there was a secret-ballot vote it would pass overwhelmingly, because from a substantive point of view most of these senators understand that this is the right thing to do,” said Matt Bennett, a gun-control advocate and senior vice president at Third Way, a centrist think tank. “What’s holding them back is pure politics.”
In other words as soon as 2014 is done and more years is guaranteed suddenly there will be room to evolve on the issue.
Here is a perfect example. Meet Senator Claire McCaskill on May 12th 2012 BEFORE the Tood Akin gaffe and before she faced the voters in 2012:
“The state of Missouri’s position on this issue has been clearly established since 2004 and nothing about today’s announcement changes that,” he said.
McCaskill, D-Mo., has stated her opposition to gay marriage in the past, but she’s walked a bit of a tightrope on the question. She has expressed support for civil unions, which grant gay couples some — but not all — of the legal rights that married couples enjoy. She also opposed Missouri’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, arguing that it was unnecessary because existing state law already prohibited gay marriage.
And now meet the very same Senator Claire McCaskill four months after she has secured six more years in her current office:
Two days before the U.S. Supreme Court heard the first of two same-sex marriage cases, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., quietly endorsed same-sex marriage in a post on her Tumblr blog.
“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,” McCaskill wrote in a post on March 24.
What? You mean to say that a United States Senator in less that one year decided to switch the position she held for years to the Democrat liberal line after election? Who would have thought it….
…anyone with eyes.
Todd Akin was a bad candidate and because the GOP in Missouri didn’t take Sarah Palin’s advice and nominate former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, Claire McCaskill is now a safe vote for the left on anything they want till at least 2016 or 2017.
The only amazing thing about this, that anyone was amazed.
Now in 2014 5 sitting democrat senators in Red States are running for re-election while brand new democrats are running for senate seats formally held by democrats in red states as well These Sitting senators are trying to tell you that they will oppose the left and the Obama administration and their full court press on guns and I’m sure the Democrat candidates running for those open red seats will say just the same.
I put the question to you, voters in these Red States:
Are you foolish enough to believe them?
We’ll find out November of 2014.
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