This is a great story in Washington City Paper about what happened with the DC Voting Rights Act that NRA was moving. It provides some interesting insight into what might have happened to scuttle the bill:
Some aides on the Hill believe the Childers changes ultimately provided a convenient excuse to escape the pressure. â€œShe got some bad editorials,â€ an aide to the Democratic leadership says of Norton. â€œShe was looking for an offramp and she found one.â€
â€œThe language on guns was still being finalized,â€ adds another aide. â€œIn that final go-around, Delegate Norton made a determination that it was not something the District could accept. She indicated that to the majority leader and a decision was made to pull the bill.â€ As reporters gathered Tuesday morning for Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyerâ€™s weekly briefing, they were first told the vote was a goâ€”and moments later they were told that it was being shelved. Again.
On the Hill, few people think that the bill will resurface. â€œAt this point in time I do not see the ability to move it in this session of Congress,â€ Hoyer told theÂ Washington Post.
So sounds like Norton might have been having doubts and getting cold feet, and the Childers amendment was her cover from pull out of a deal she wasn’t sure she wanted to make anyway. I can’t vouch for the authenticity of any of this account, as NRA does not share details of its legislative strategy with me, but it sounds plausible, and this is what the Dems are saying happened. Read the whole thing. It’s a great insight into the chess game Joe was talking about a few days ago.