Those weak and defeated Lairds of Fairfax, who refuse to fight the good fight, and who are afraid of their own shadows, sure seem to have the leadership on Capitol Hill worried.
Democrats may be running the House, but the National Rifle Association (NRA) can still stop a bill in its tracks.
House Democratic leaders on Tuesday pulled legislation from the floor that seemingly had nothing to do with guns because the NRA disliked it.
The bill in question would give the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress. The gun-rights lobby prefers a Senate version, which includes language amending the Districtâ€™s gun policies, and some suggest the NRA could make life difficult for conservative Democrats if that language is not included in the House version.
Pelosi was all set up to pass a clean bill, and NRA threatened to make accepting the Senate version in the house a “key vote” meaning that politicians will be graded on the vote.Â That was enough to get her to pull the bill.
â€œThe D.C. vote bill needs to pass,â€ said Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), a Blue Dog gun-rights supporter who sits on the House Rules Committee. â€œI would have concerns about any group who would tell us how to run our House.â€
The NRAâ€™s clout was evident last week when the amendment â€” removing D.C.â€™s ban on semiautomatic weapons, its registration requirement and trigger-lock rule â€” was adopted by the Senate, 62-36.
What Mr. Cardoza and his “blue dog” buddies need to understand is that it does no good if you just tell us you’re pro-Second Amendment, and answer your questionnaire well during election season.Â At some point will come the time to vote.Â Now is the time.Â Look at blue dogs like Jason Altmire, who are actively out there fighting the leadership on this issue:
â€œThey want to be like the rest of America. One of the things Americans do is pay attention to Supreme Court rulings,â€ said Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a member of the House Second Amendment Task Force.
That’s what earns you those A grades.Â The time to start dividing friend from foe is now.Â Are you blue dog Dems friends of us?Â Or friends of Pelosi and Hoyer?Â Time to choose.