The key bit comes runs from around 7:00 to 7:50. We can’t possibly be so lucky as to have Bloomy drop a few million to defeat red-state Dems like Pryor and Landrieu in the primaries, can we?
The Senate’s upcoming vote on the assault weapons ban is going to put vulnerable Democrats in a difficult spot.
Democrats facing tough reelection races will either attract the ire of the National Rifle Association or prominent gun control activists such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). A vote against the ban could spark primary challenges that could weaken Democrats in the general election…
“People are not going to say, ‘That’s a tough vote for them, let’s not do anything,’ ” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “There is a feeling that to win this thing we need all the Democrats. That means people who are in tough races in 2014 don’t get passes. I would expect issue ads and advocacy for all senators.”
Even Democrats who reliably vote with their leadership, such as Sens. Mark Warner (Va.), Tim Kaine (Va.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), on Wednesday said they were not certain they would support the assault weapons ban. Warner faces reelection in 2014. Kaine, who formerly headed the Democratic National Committee, was on Obama’s short list to be his running mate in 2008.
It makes me happy to think of this unlikable micro-managing plutocrat becoming the face of gun-control discipline in Congress. For all the crowing the left does about Wayne LaPierre’s “messaging problems” (not without reason sometimes), having the country’s most famously meddlesome nanny-stater throwing millions in pocket change to buy Senate seats because he’s unhappy that there’s still a bit too much liberty in the Second Amendment for his liking is a case of “optics” I can live with. I wonder if he’ll proceed strategically, by leaving the most vulnerable Dems alone and focusing on beating Republicans in purplish states like Michigan and West Virginia, or if he’ll attack people like Pryor too just to show that he means business. His buddy Joe won’t like that but maybe Bloomberg doesn’t care at this point. He’s going to need something to do once his final term as mayor ends. Denying you the right to buy the semiautomatic of your choice for wholly arbitrary reasons seems like a fun hobby. He’s our very own Guy Grand.
I wonder why he doesn’t expand his agenda and start primarying people who oppose soda bans too. Soda kills a million billion trillion people worldwide each year; arguably that makes it an even more pressing social problem than gun violence. Not until the 16-ounce limit comes to convenience stories in even the most obese states will America be truly free.