You don’t see President Obama publicly lose his famous cool, but there was no mistaking his anger at the stinging defeat handed to him and the majority of the public who wanted to see even a watered down bill mandating stronger background checks for guns. Unfortunately, 46 Senators chose to heed the call of their NRA masters over preventing more Newtown, Aurora and Tuscon shooting sprees.
And Obama was appropriately pissed off about it.
“Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders not just to honor the memory of their children but to protect the lives of all of our children,” the president said, A few minutes ago a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it.”
“All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” a frustrated Obama said.
Among those shameful cowards were four gutless wonders laughingly called Democrats, all from conservative red states and three up for reelection next year. The Senate voted 54-46 to scrap a proposal by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), that was both modest and somewhat watered down, but even that was too much for the gun lobby. They pulled the chain and four Democrats (Max Baucus, Mark Pryor, Mark Begich and Heidi Heitkamp) side with the majority of Republicans to send the bill down to defeat. This was a tough vote for Democrats running for reelection in conservatives states, but Sen. Kay Hagen and Sen. Mary Landrieu found a way to get behind the Manchin-Toomey compromise.
Even if the four Democrats found the balls to join with the president and their party, the vote would have still fallen short by two votes of the margin needed to get to the stupid 60-vote super majority necessary to pass it. But the defection of the four Democrats still stung.
I placed calls to five of the U.S. Senators who bowed down to their NRA masters and stood against the will of the American people by opposing gun background checks.
Senator Portman’s office (R-OH) took my call and so did Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, one of the four Democrats that voted with the GOP. Senators Max Baucus and Mark Beigich’s phone lines were either jammed or their voice mails full. I left a message for Sen. Mark Pryor expressing my disappointment and disgust. All three are up for reelection in 2014 and not a one of them will see a dime from me in campaign contributions.
Collectively, all four of them can go to hell but first they can fail next year in their reelection bids. What’s that you say? Am I going to support Republicans over Democrats in 2014. Highly unlikely. I would simply prefer to have these cowards go down in flames. I would rather have a Republican I know I can’t trust than a cowardly Democrat with no spine, no heart and no balls.
I will only make my campaign contributions directly to the campaigns of the candidate. The DSCC can go screw and when they ask me why Baucus, Begich and Pryor are dead to me i won’t hesitate to tell them my reasons.
I would prefer to deal with a real Republican than a fake Democrat. I will not compromise my principles any longer for the sake of political expediency or misplaced party loyalty. When it serves their purposes the Democrats use fear of Republican extremism as a scare tactic for ignoring the wishes of their constituents. While I’m lining up asses to kick, I can’t forget most useless politician in Washington, the craven Harry Reid, who rejected the opportunity for filibuster reform out of a deluded sense of Senate congeniality. Yeah, Harry, weak and wimpy Democrats in Name Only like you do not deserve my support either.
They won’t get it any longer. The Democratic Party is simply a vehicle for liberalism. It is not liberalism and we need all to get over the notion liberalism lives and dies based on the fortunes of the Democratic Party.
As for Heidi Heitkamp, I invite her to go ahead and cross the aisle and caucus with Ted Cruz if she’s going to vote with him.
There is a lesson to be learned here and it’s that the fear of defeat moves more votes than the courage to do the right thing and most senators are more cautious than they are brave. This should remind the Left what they shouldn’t forget: The Democrats Need Liberals More Than Liberals Need the Democrats. What Baucus, Begich, Pryor and Heitkamp understand is fear and they need to have the fear of God put into their empty little hearts.
When the DINOs fear their own constituents more than the lobbies and possible challengers that’s when they will really start voting to protect their interests. We are not at the day yet.
- The Four Democrats Who Voted Against Gun Control (businessinsider.com)
- I’ve Been Busy BUTT……I Have Not Forgotten The NRAsshole “46″ (theobamacrat.com)
- 4 Red State Senate Democrats Put The NRA Ahead of the Dead Children of Sandy Hook (politicususa.com)
- Why Did These Four Democrats Vote No on Gun Background Checks? (motherjones.com)