Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

I Vote No

In a rare moment of clear talk, Republican Senator Pat Toomey announced that gun laws were filibustered not because of personal belief or just because of the gun lobby.  No, the reason that the law supported by 90 percent of America didn't pass was because Republicans are scared to appear to be helping Obama. Toomey said in an interview with Digital First Media "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." I should note that Toomey helped to craft the bipartisan bill on background checks and voted for it, but has since backed off his support since the filibuster. This is despite that since his support, his poll numbers have climbed unlike those who voted to filibuster who saw their numbers drop.

What makes the statement important is something that many have long been saying.  Regardless of the sense something makes or its importance, ideas once supported on the Right are a vote "no" if Obama's name is attached.  We knew this to be true, but now we have a senator admitting that congress no longer votes on ideological lines, political lines or even moral lines.  They vote in fear of appearing to help one man.  They don't give a tinker's dam about what is right or even appearing to do what is right.  It must be tough to be such cowards that they cannot even support something they support because they live in fear of the name of a single individual.

The stress must be awful.  Let's give these cowards some piece of mind and send them home.