Background gun check plan failed because of Republican politics

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    May 02, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who crafted a proposal with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to extend background checks to firearms purchased at gun shows and online, said the measure failed to win the 60 votes it needed to win passage due to Republican politics.

    "In the end it didn’t pass because we’re so politicized," Toomey told editors from Digital First Media in an interview published Wednesday by the Norristown Times Herald.

    "There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it," Toomey added.

    His comments suggest that his fellow Republicans' votes weren't governed so much by judgment of good policy so much as a desire to deprive Obama of a political and legisive victory.


    The Party of No strikes again. In the meantime, guns continue to be sold without background checks, and Americans die. But at least Obama lost a legislative objective. That's what The GOP is all about, right? Politics before people? icon_mad.gif

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    May 02, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    It would be more convincing if Toomey switched parties. Having acknowledged that the Republican priority is party before people, how could he remain a Republican himself?
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    May 02, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
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    Regardless, the current Republican party is doomed, as I said in another election both by issues and demographics.

    Not doomed at all. Karl Rove was responsible for mating the Republican Party with Christian fundamentalists. That Devil's bargain will continue to provide Republicans with at least 1/3 of the electorate in the foreseeable future. Fundamentalists are not going away, and may even be increasing in numbers.

    If Republicans can win a little more than half the Moderates, in addition to the 1/3 guaranteed Right Wingers, they can still win elections and be a viable political party. Republicans aren't going away anytime soon. icon_mad.gif
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    May 02, 2013 12:35 PM GMT
    "There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it," Toomey added.


    "There were some"? That's being kind. The Overwhelming Majority of Republicans have proven time and again that they will not support conservative ideas if President Obama also supports those ideas.

    Senator Toomey should follow the route of Joe Lieberman. BECOME AN INDEPENDENT.