You would seriously think that a senator from Pennsylvania would watch his back on the Second Amendment for his political survival, much less the principle involved.
But Senator Toomey proved himself to not be very principled in the aftermath of an insane person’s act of mass murder in Connecticut.
He ran scared in the face of Bloomberg’s emotional ad campaign and the only concession he made was to not have Chuck Schumer in the room when he was in the room to announce his anti-Second Amendment amendment.
My definition of “conservative” and the oath of office for a US Senator includes the phase “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” including its Second Amendment. Toomey failed his very oath of office by his actions in sponsoring and voting for the anti-Second Amendment amendment.
While I didn’t like Toomey’s bill one iota, given the possibility of the federal government abusing its new authority and the impracticality of forcing people who don’t normally sell firearms to have to pay for background checks, but it’s not as if he was pushing the Brady Bill or something like that.
I think that you’ll find that, when Toomey’s seat comes up in 2016, he won’t have any Republican with a better record than him run for the nomination (although there might be some with *no* record, who of course will claim that they’re batting 1.000, not batting .000).
If you start sitting out elections when you don’t get a Joe Pitts on the ballot (I’m assuming that you find Pitts’s voting record acceptable, although chances are that he has cast at least one vote at some point in his close to 20 years in Congress with which you’ve disagreed), you’re going to sit out *a lot* of elections, particularly in PA. Let’s not make the perfect the enemy of the good. Mike Fitzpatrick is not perfect, but he’s FAR better than his RINO predecessor Jim Greenwood (not to mention than Patrick Murphy, whose brief time in office Fitzpatrick has bookended). Could Fitzpatrick be a bit better on environmental issues? Sure, but the odds of electing a pro-development Republican in Bucks County who also is as pro-life, pro-gun, pro-marriage and pro-tax cuts as Fitzpatrick is not very high. A better target to go after would be the pro-abortion Charlie Dent in the Lehigh Valley’s PA-15, but it has to be someone with the sort of background that will allow him to be elected to Congress in such district.