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.