Bipartisanship in the Obama Era
Who said Republicans and Democrats can never work together?
A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews.
At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.
Though, you can be sure that our own Jeanne Shaheen was not one of those senators “expressing skepticism” over this bill. Let’s hope enough people turn out at the polls in November 2014 to express their skepticism in her ability to represent the good people of New Hampshire.
Though, you can bet your backside she’ll be talking up a good game on the subject as she traverses the state trying to convince the voters of what a fabulous job she’s been doing as a faithful footsoldier in the Harry “Budget? We don’t need no stinkin’ budget!” Reid’s army.