Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate.
The two candidates most mentioned in the Hill article above were former Governor Brian Schweitzer (for Montana) and former Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (for South Dakota). Both are supposedly firm gun rights advocates; neither will survive being flipped on the topic (neither would Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, both of whom sensibly voted against Joe Manchin’s* background check amendment). Of course, it’s an open question whether any of those four mentioned will survive even without being flipped on the topic, which is why the DSCC has zero intention of catering to fanatical gun-grabbers by allowing them to dictate ‘acceptable’ candidates. This, of course, was known: what was perhaps unexpected was the way that nobody’s particularly trying to hide this political calculus. (more…)