They apparently don’t have the votes for a ‘compromise’ amendment extending background checks for firearm purchases.
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted this morning “Sen. Joe Manchin tells me ‘ we will not get the votes today.’”
The Senate had been expected to vote Tuesday on the deal Manchin unveiled last week with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., but Democrats late Tuesday were still scrambling to find the 60 votes the amendment will need to pass.
…Which means that Chuck Schumer’s original, quite comprehensively bad, restrictive background check language will likely be in the final bill*. I certainly hope that every Democrat up for reelection in 2014 in a Red state enjoys voting for it, particularly since John Boehner and Bob Goodlatte are already patiently waiting for the legislation over at the House. Complete with a brazier, a can of gasoline, and a match.
Seriously, doesn’t anybody in the Democratic party understand incrementalism anymore? Not that I mind it when they overreach, but it’s still a little weird.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*I find it entertaining that many on the Left are apparently highly upset that enough US Senators can tell the difference between ‘in favor of background checks’ (which most people are) and ‘in favor of Schumer’s proposed background checks’ (which most voters will not be, once they end up on the wrong side of them). I would offer commiseration, except that a) I don’t actually want to give them any and b) they wouldn’t want to take any from me in the first place. Which is fair.