The problem is that the Republican opponents, and the NRA for that matter, simply WILL NOT LEARN THE TRUTH.
And the truth is that the Dems ALWAYS put party first. I specifically remember people on THIS SITE telling us not to worry about Manchin, as he had a perfect NRA record and could be trusted on guns.
Well, he was a Democrat. So the question is whether the Republican opponents in these states will even try to convince the voters that Dems simply CANNOT be trusted on guns.
...and by the way - it wasn’t 4 (or 5 Dems) that broke with the party on the gun vote - it was NONE. Those Dems had privately agreed to support the bill, if they could pick up that last Republican vote, which they couldn’t do.
As it was, the bill was doomed in the House - so why was it such a big deal for the Senate, and why were a decent number of Dems willing to put their seats at risk for it. Simple - they wanted the House to stop the bill, and then the Dems would have run against a “Do-nothing House” in 2014 and they sensed victory.
...but what about those A+ NRA members in the Dem Party. That doesn’t matter a bit to them - they are DEMOCRATS FIRST...and the Republicans better start explaining that a LOT MORE.
Thank you for causing me to get the roll call vote. I knew Baucus and Pryor defected. Their other defectors were Begich, Heitkamp and Dingy! BTW, Bloomturd wants to make an example of Pryor. Here's the roll call vote.
Besides Toomey, we had the usual suspects: Collins, Kirk and Juan McLame.