There were some real shocking yes votes on the Coburn National Park carry amendment, highlighted in this CQ Politics article:
At least 11 House Democrats (not including freshmen) who have typically sided with gun-control advocates on past votes this time around favored allowing state and local gun laws to take precedence over federal law in national parks.
Those 11 were Reps. Adam Smith of Washington, Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Gregory W. Meeks of New York, Shelley Berkley of Nevada, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, Hank Johnson of Georgia, Melissa Bean of Illinois, Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island and Diana DeGette of Colorado.
â€œIt was a mistake,â€ said DeGetteâ€™s deputy chief of staff, Kristofer Eisenla.
Meeks said he sided with the NRA â€œby accident.â€
Several of them are expressing remorse over the vote, but I have to wonder, are things at Brady HQ so dour these days they don’t even have the energy to get someone up to The Hill and get their ducks lined up?Â Â Granted, the votes here wouldn’t have made a difference, but having traditional allies fall out of line doesn’t exactly make your organization look good.Â Just look at how quickly NRA responded to Bredesen.Â If you’re an advocacy group, you can’t have your folks wandering off the reservation, even accidentally, especially accidentally.Â I would have imagined this is something even a phone call to their office should have been able to fix.
Cheer up Brady Campaign.Â Are things really that bad?Â Â Someday you might have an overwhelmingly Democratic congress, and President in the Oval Office from a gun unfriendly urban stronghold.Â Â Oh wait…