Boehner is playing the gun control issue shrewdly…

Gun control is pure poison for Senate Democrats from rural states. They are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. If Diane Feinstein’s bill comes to a floor vote, they will find themselves with no good options.

If they do the bidding of the president and vote for the bill, they will likely be sharply rebuked by their constituents and possibly removed from office.

If, on the other hand, they vote against it, they will be the reason it fails and will be punished by the party costing them campaign funds and influence.

They are praying this thing never makes it to the floor and are arguing that a Senate vote is pointless. Since Feinstein’s bill could never pass the GOP controlled House, they argue, there is no point in putting them through the hell of a Senate vote. They want these bills to die in committee.

John Boehner, however, is stirring the pot keeping a Senate vote on the table. How? By making it appear that gun control might, somehow, pass in the House.

The House’s top Republican reiterated on Sunday that the House will consider any gun control measures passed by the Senate.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he has “made clear if the Senate acts on gun control legislation, the House will consider it.”

There is no doubt that Republicans are savoring the carnage a Senate vote on gun control would cause for red state Democrats. Boehner is doing his part to keep the Senate bills alive and red state Democrats in peril.

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19 Responses to Boehner is playing the gun control issue shrewdly…

  1. R.D. Walker says:


    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is a reasonable guy. He’s not above speaking with local newspapers. Being a big man in Washington has not gone to his head, yet. But he does have one condition before any conversation, and it’s kind of a big one: he won’t talk if you wanna talk about guns.

    Anything he says will cause him grief. He just wants it to go away.

    • Leigh Stephens says:

      Manchin campaigned on the 2nd Amendment and did a turn about when the going got rough. His constituents cannot trust him on Gun Rights.

      • John B. says:

        I’m on of his constituents and I don’t trust him much. When he first went to the senate, he spoke up and the EPA shut down some coal mines in WV. Since then he’s been wishy-washy on most things.

  2. RJ says:

    Boehner is shrewd in this case, evey pol knows gun control is a career killer in most instances. Too many Americans still love the innumerated rights, just barely.

    For me it is almost a one issue vote, I find out a pol ever cast a progun control vote dont look for my support in any form or fashion. Any pol who votes to restrict a constitutionally guarenteed right is willing to do anything.

    I equate it with what would they be doing to themselves if they decreed that the first or any other amendment needed to be restricted for public safety, They know what grief their attempting to restrict or regulate the freedom of press would do to them, their should be no difference. None, freedom of press, freedom to peacably assemble etc…

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Yep. A vote for gun control is a the same as a dead canary in a coal mine.

      A dead canary, in and of itself, doesn’t bother me. After all, it’s just a damned canary. What is terrifying is the implications of the dead bird.

      Passage of gun control laws and dead canaries are harbingers of real danger ahead.

  3. James says:

    I think Boehner is playing a dangerous game.
    The thing may pass.

    • Uke says:

      It’s a gamble, sure, but a pretty safe one for the GOP.

      Then again, on the topic of voting I have been wrong before…

      • R.D. Walker says:

        What if he said the opposite?

        “No matter what the Senate does, we won’t pass it in the House.”

        The Senate could just drop it as futile and save the at risk Democrats the horror their party is putting them through.

        Nah, Boehner is playing this right.

  4. DocO says:

    Boehner should keep the gun control sword of Damocles over the heads of the Democrats for as long as possible.

  5. Robert Williams says:

    I hope it dont backfire if it does and gun control gets passed it could cost Boehner his job and i would be one that votes him out.

  6. BigJimTX says:

    I don’t trust Boehner. It sounds good in theory, but I still don’t like it.

  7. Roy Ryder says:

    Boehner hasn’t demonstrated an abundance of skill or talent when it comes to dealing with liberals in the past, so I’m leery of letting him use it as a club, lest he hit himself with it. Moreover, he’s reacting to the Democrats and not going on the offensive, which is where we need to be (as it is the best defense).

  8. slinger says:

    Mixed feelings … I would love to see D’s in red states having to deal with this vote. I also know that there is no sure thing in politics. I though Romney was a sure win in 2012.

    I will almost always take a “good” 100 yard shot at a zombie, rather than a “great” 20 yard shot at a zombie … exception might be if I only have one round, and there is only one zombie to kill … even then, I would probably switch to the knife. I’m not sure if that’s meaningful or not, but I wanted to talk about zombies.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Have you been watching the Walking Dead?

      • slinger says:

        Yes, but Netflix is only up to season 2, and I’m too cheap to pony up for season 3 on VUDU or Amazon.

        What was I thinking? I would surely use a bow before an axe and an axe before the knife.

  9. fasttimes says:

    I have 0 faith in Boehner and the repub party as a whole. gun control aside, they are terrible at explaining and communicating the problems of obama and his left wing followers/staff/supporters. it is simple to do, you guys do it hear everyday, yet these dipshits can’t even convey the message of the sequester and the outright lies obama tells. its embarrassing.