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Toomey: 'I gave this my best shot'
The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 19, 2013 | Jonathan Tamari

Posted on 04/20/2013 6:52:14 AM PDT by Timber Rattler

After two weeks in the national spotlight, Sen. Pat Toomey was ready to move on.

Toomey, seeming refreshed Thursday after the deflating defeat of his background-check plan the day before, greeted reporters with a smile as he rode an escalator up from the Capitol's subway platform. But the Pennsylvania Republican did not want to talk much about the fight that had put him at the center of the political and cultural maelstrom on gun laws.

"The Senate has spoken on this," Toomey said. "It's not obvious to me what alternative path forward there is. I gave this my best shot."

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Just got this piece of political seppuku from Toomey in my email this morning:

This week, I worked with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to obtain guns while preserving the rights of law-abiding people to do so. The bill did not move forward in the Senate.

This amendment would have helped enhance public safety while still protecting the Second Amendment. I understand the passions on both sides of this issue. I did what I thought was the right thing for our country. I sought out a compromise position that I thought could move the ball forward on an important matter of public safety.

My only regret is that our amendment did not pass. It's not the outcome I hoped for, but the Senate has spoken on the subject, and it's time to move on. We have a lot of other very important issues to deal with such as getting the economy back on track, dealing with the debt ceiling and creating more jobs for Pennsylvanians.

1 posted on 04/20/2013 6:52:14 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler
He's burned his last bridge with Pennsylvania Conservatives...

Senator Arlen Toomey?

2 posted on 04/20/2013 6:53:37 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

I’m sure many would like to give Toomey their ‘best shot”.


3 posted on 04/20/2013 6:55:47 AM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Got the same dribble email this morning.
FU Arlan Toomey. You R toast. Hope we can find a REAL Conservative to primary you in 2016. In the meantime ,I will do all I can to make sure you are NOT re-elected.Anti Toomey bumper stickers R already ordered!


4 posted on 04/20/2013 6:56:18 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: Timber Rattler

It is time for a real Conservative in PA.


5 posted on 04/20/2013 6:56:38 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Toomey: 'I gave this my best shot'

Interesting metaphor.

"It's not obvious to me what alternative path forward there is."

Try this, Senator:

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

6 posted on 04/20/2013 6:59:19 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (If the oath-breaking politicians won't fear God, we can at least make them fear We the People.)
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To: Timber Rattler
"It's not obvious to me what alternative path forward there is."

It's pretty obvious to me, Pat. How about "leave the Second Amendment alone"?

7 posted on 04/20/2013 7:00:17 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Now the voters will get their shot.

Here’s hoping they are better shots than Toomey.


8 posted on 04/20/2013 7:00:23 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: Timber Rattler
We have a lot of other very important issues to deal with such as getting the economy back on track,

Changing the subject by the wimp - can we forget this? I put it under the rug, so let's move on, I'm busy.

9 posted on 04/20/2013 7:02:06 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Timber Rattler

Got the same E-mail, my only regret is that Toomey hasn’t resigned yet and let a real conservative take his place. Too much time on the Manchin’s yacht getting brain raped by the libtards.


10 posted on 04/20/2013 7:02:56 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Toomey’s political career is toast...unless he wants to switch parties. That worked so well for Specter.


11 posted on 04/20/2013 7:03:25 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Timber Rattler

You got to hand it to the Democrats...they got Toomey to compromise himself and he’s a one termer. That’s one seat pickup for the Dems in 3 years.

On immigration, they got Rubio to willingly sell out on one of the biggest hot buttons for the Republican base, and they eliminated their biggest threat for the 2016 White House race.

It is remarkable how G-D DUMB so many are on our side...even our brightest up-and-comers.


12 posted on 04/20/2013 7:05:38 AM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: Timber Rattler

The problem is, there aren’t enough PA conservatives apparently to elect anyone. Santorum’s PA campaigns were not very conservative on many issues, especially his last one. Toomey was a big disappointment here, but not sure whoever replaces him will do much better. I’m more concerned with states like Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Arizona sending us mushes than I am with whatever PA or Mass sends us. The Toomeys hurt, but the Grahams and the Cornyns and the McCains DEVASTATE.


13 posted on 04/20/2013 7:07:14 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Timber Rattler

Goodbye, Toomey.

You showed your true colors very soon after your election.


14 posted on 04/20/2013 7:07:17 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Timber Rattler

:: “I did what I thought was the right thing for our country.” ::

See, Pat, I find a problem with this statement. You should be doing the right thing for our country, yes, but not what YOU THINK. You should be applying the principles and understandings of your constituency; you know “we the people” and all that.

You and your fellow legislators have lost the primary task set before you (read your Oath of Office —with crtitical discernment— for a clue on this concept).

It is sad that these folks, all too often, go to W-DC to implement what THEY think is “right” for America. “We The People” really need to re-establish our right to govern; starting by identifying enemies of the US Constitution, both foreign and domestic.

And, re-educate our representatives in the full meaning of “infringe” when it comes to God* given rights.


15 posted on 04/20/2013 7:09:05 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (* Unfortunately, that, too, means rights given to those who believe in some god named "allah".)
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To: ilgipper

I think you captured the essence of this rather well.

Beyond the immediacy of his stupid act is the fact that he has so completely ruined any credibility going forward. What the hell was he thinking?!

All anyone on the right had to do was say, “OK, presupposing that you want to have a sincere discussion (ha-ha) on legislative options let’s talk. The only precondition is that ANYTHING that infringes our constitutional rights are off the table.”

Now he has revealed himself as one who would willingly sacrifice freedom for the illusion of safety. In other words a sheep. We have more than enough of those already.


16 posted on 04/20/2013 7:14:50 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Busko
Are you referring to the yacht called "Black Tie", where all the parties with booze and hookers, female and male, where all the Senators went to party including whatsername from Alaska?

Owned by a guy from WEST VIRGINIA?

(That's a QUESTION.)

Gee...

17 posted on 04/20/2013 7:38:13 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Timber Rattler

To his credit he’s not BLAMING THE NRA for the defeat (i.e., using Democrat talking points), like most RINOs would.


18 posted on 04/20/2013 7:43:29 AM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: ilgipper

“they got Toomey to compromise himself and he’s a one termer”

The same thing is going to happen to Rubio if he doesn’t get off the amnesty train.


19 posted on 04/20/2013 7:44:58 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Toomey get back on the WVa senator’s yacht for more booze and broads, you fool.


20 posted on 04/20/2013 7:51:22 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Timber Rattler

I am glad he failed. A new senator joining a “Gang” of compromisers headed by a big shot Democrat or established RINO who is using you for a fool amd making an ass of you in the eyes of the people who helped get you elected is not the way I like to see our Tea Party endorsed candidates end up. I hope Marco Rubio takes notice of this, he is doing the same thing.


21 posted on 04/20/2013 7:58:49 AM PDT by Reddon
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To: Timber Rattler

Santorum saw this fraud a mile away. Conservatives wew extremely slow seeing through this punk! Pennsylvania get him primaried big time!!!


22 posted on 04/20/2013 7:59:14 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Timber Rattler

I think this was best put by someone who said: “Did we make a mistake replacing Arlen Specter with this guy? We thought he was a conservative.”


23 posted on 04/20/2013 8:05:37 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: IbJensen

I could say the same thing about Kirk.

He better start putting together his resume or change his party affiliation. Kirk is persona non gratis with us Illinois convservatives (yes, there are a few of us here).


24 posted on 04/20/2013 8:14:54 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Rubio is already toast except for the Rino establishment. I am starting to doubt Rush and Levin for supporting the amnesty lover.


25 posted on 04/20/2013 8:26:02 AM PDT by cp124 (Government is value subtracted.)
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To: Timber Rattler

My email to Toomey:

Senator Toomey:

You are a huge disappointment.

I was a hard core supporter (volunteer/money) for you in your primary run against Arlen Specter in 2004.

I was a hard core supporter (volunteer/money) for you in your win as a senator in 2010.

You are a huge disappointment as the MAIN supporter of the gun control schemes with President Obama and the Democrats.

Unless you come roaring back with support of other conservative issues you have lost me for your 2016 election.

In fact, unless I see something amazingly different, I will actively support who ever runs against you.

Both in the primaries and election.

2banana


26 posted on 04/20/2013 8:27:25 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Timber Rattler

fupt.


27 posted on 04/20/2013 8:41:38 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Timber Rattler
"The Senate has spoken on this," Toomey said.

No, dip, the PEOPLE have spoken and, for a change, the Senate listened. At least SOME senators... cough, cough.

28 posted on 04/20/2013 8:48:46 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: presently no screen name
We have a lot of other very important issues to deal with such as getting the economy back on track

Good point. Why couldn't we have focused FIRST, SECOND and THIRD on getting the economy back on track, and ignored this pointless anti-gun bill that wasn't going to make any difference in the crime rate anyway?

Of course, "getting the economy back on track" to the Congress means quibbling over where to spend more money on social programs and which party thought of it first and should get credit, so I guess maybe we got lucky here in a way.

29 posted on 04/20/2013 9:18:40 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Hardastarboard

He used the economic issues - only to divert attention from his fall from grace from the 2nd Amend. He knows the economic dilemma is on everyone minds - so, his comment was to secure his place in the ‘good boy’ column so his supporters/voters will forget. IOW, his logic is..your rights aren’t as important as money.


30 posted on 04/20/2013 9:33:53 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Hardastarboard

“I gave it my best shot. Unfortunately, my foot got in the way”


31 posted on 04/20/2013 9:34:05 AM PDT by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: Timber Rattler
...would have made it harder for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill...

Who is to determine who is mentally ill? Someone disagreeing with your stance on gun control or any subject for that matter? Go away Arlen...err Pat!

32 posted on 04/20/2013 10:00:49 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Timber Rattler.
Pat Toomey... seeming refreshed Thursday after the deflating defeat of his background-check plan the day before... "The Senate has spoken on this," Toomey said. "It's not obvious to me what alternative path forward there is. I gave this my best shot."
It also gave him a month or so of not having to weigh in about the Gosnell trial.


33 posted on 04/20/2013 10:00:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Timber Rattler
I will not pull the lever again for Toomey. He has shown himself to be Anti-2A.
34 posted on 04/20/2013 10:01:15 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BobL

Gee does that make it better?

PA has almost 1,000,000 CCWs and they spoke loud and clear yet Traitor Toomey ignored them all and sided with obama/schumer/rendell.

Calling him a traitor is actually one of the nicer things I can think of calling him.


35 posted on 04/20/2013 10:04:39 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I believe PA has more NRA members than any other state IIRC. Whoever serves needs to be accounable to the pro 2A population. Anyone who is not will not get my vote......its that simple.


36 posted on 04/20/2013 10:06:36 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Timber Rattler
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37 posted on 04/20/2013 10:07:23 AM PDT by RetSignman ("...a Republic if you can keep it")
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To: ilgipper; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Toomey will benefit from this, as he’s in a closely divided state that slides Demwit at least as often as not — and since it failed, it’s a have cake eat it too move. Rubio was already being condemned as a pro-amnesty RINO before this ‘Gang of Eight’ thing, and it will similarly not pass — either it will be heavily modified and slant to the left, or it will be amended to gut the open-ended provisions coveted by the left. And all the while, it hands Zero another defeat.


38 posted on 04/20/2013 10:07:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I understand, I was just making an overall obervation.


39 posted on 04/20/2013 10:40:47 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SunkenCiv

Toomey wil not benefit from this from any of the people I have spoken to. Who are you talking to?


40 posted on 04/20/2013 1:31:01 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Timber Rattler

Your shot at the Constitution was noticed, Toomey,


41 posted on 04/20/2013 1:56:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: Timber Rattler
"The Senate has spoken on this," Toomey said. "It's not obvious to me what alternative path forward there is. I gave this my best shot."

Well, I assume "forward" is defined as the direction towards more freedom, so what the heck is wrong with the status quo, followed by repeal of any of the existing laws found to be inequitable or obsolete? Why is it taken as a given that rights-theft by the government is "forward"?

42 posted on 04/20/2013 3:02:19 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: napscoordinator

Takes one to know one... as they say


43 posted on 04/23/2013 10:42:17 PM PDT by gdc61
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