In case you were wondering why the Senate Republicans let a bipartisan deal on expanded background checks for guns die in committee unable to clear the threatened filibuster, Senator Pat Toomey (co-author of the bill) clues us in:
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn’t want to “be seen helping the president.”
Two weeks ago, only three Republican senators voted for the bipartisan background checks amendment sponsored by Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), despite overwhelming popular support for such a measure.
“In the end it didn’t pass because we’re so politicized. 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 admitted on Tuesday in an interview with Digital First Media editors in the offices of the Times Herald newspaper in Norristown, Pa.
So principles and good politics be damned. We’re going to kill this bill just to piss off liberals.
And people wonder why our government can’t do a damn thing.
(h/t John Cole)