And while Lenin read a book on Marx
A quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
Don McLean American Pie 1971
Do you remember the sheer anger a year ago on Morning Joe when the gun restrictions died in the Senate?
MSNBC went batshit crazy but Morning Joe really went overboard. After months of calling opponents of Manchin-Toomey the survivalist wing of the NRA the day after the vote lost they were running images of the various senators with huge scare graphics saying VOTED NO as is each one of them were responsible for the Newtown shooting
I recall there was particular ire at Kelly Ayotte for not going along. They talked of the Millions Bloomberg would spend to defeat her, how the Northeast was turning blue and so was NH and how this vote was the beginning of the end for her. I commented at the time:
Morning Joe today is running the Pictures of the senators who voted No under big scary graphics but the reality is the voters who will re-elect those senators who voted against Toomey Manchin don’t watch MSNBC, don’t watch Morning Joe and don’t give a damn what any of those people around that table think.
Morning Joe isn’t angry about the failure of this gun bill, they are angry because they are forced to look in the mirror and realize they just don’t have the power they think they do.
Well the final nail was driven into that year old.:
HB1589, which would have added background checks to our background checks, failed in the NH House today.
This is all due to the hard work of Grassroots activists, and we’d like to extend our thanks to them and the legislators who voted to kill this.
The Washington Times said this:
A closely divided House debated the issue for two hours – at one point voting to study the matter rather than impose the background checks – but later voted 242-118 to kill the bill after supporters tried to postpone final action in a bid to either salvage the checks or change the study’s focus.
Closely divided? 242-118?
Didn’t Democrats take the NH in an incredible landslide in 2012 winning over 110 seats from the majority republicans?
Didn’t everyone tell us the state was turning blue permanently and Senators like Kelly Ayotte were doomed unless they changed their tune on guns?
Didn’t Scott Brown himself come to NH and ignore a pro-gun rally of 300 people in the ice and snow emphasizing his support for gun restrictions.
I mean it’s one thing for Wendy Davis to flip on guns but Texas is about as far from NH as you can get, how do you get a totally lopsided victory for the pro 2A forces drawing over 60 democrats to their cause in a state in NE that we are told is turning blue.
The explanation will sound familiar to anyone who read the blog yesterday and saw the votes switch at the last minute.
A source in the state tells me NH Democrats wanted to pass this bill but with an election year that is looking poor they needed members of the house willing to bite the bullet & risk their seats.
When those votes could not be found and it was plain the measure was going down to defeat Democrats with an eye toward 2014 figured out what Scott Brown hasn’t and voted en mass with the winners.
#1. Given this vote and the protest last year will Scott Brown re-think his support for tougher gun laws nationally if he’s running for Senate in NH?
#2 Will conservative NH Sen Candidates like Karen Testerman take advantage of this vote to contrast themselves with Brown, pointing out that they would be able to contrast themselves with Jeanne Shaheen on this issue in the fall while Brown can not?
#3 Are those 100+ Democrats who won their seat last year biding their time until after the 2014 elections? As Granite Grok put it
If this is that important to Demcorats, even though a Democrat majority house just killed it, will they be running for re-election on enhanced background checks this year? The defeat of HB 1589 is your opportunity.
Or will they not, and then bring this back again next year, after the election?
Let’s start asking them, all the way to November.
This is a great opportunity for the NH GOP. It’s a perfect excuse to redirect their efforts away from stopping the tea party and instead unite with them to use this issue to unite the wings of the party and retake the state.
Will they be smart enough to take it?
Final thought: Will it be Senator Shaheen rather than Senator Ayotte who will be regretting her vote on Manchin-Toomey last year?
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