Diane Feinstein is a prominent advocate of gun control. She has introduced a bill to outlaw certain so-called assault rifles. I have been saying that the bill was dead on arrival. But it may have some very good side effects. It may make several of her Democrat colleagues’ campaigns for 2014 dead on arrival.
If Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada allows a floor vote on this piece of legislation, which Feinstein says he promised her personally, Democrats are going to have to make a decision. They’re going to have to vote the way their constituents want, which is to kill the bill, or they are going to have to vote the way they really feel, which will kill their chances of being reelected. They are balking. There are some well-known anti-gun Senators who have not said whether or not they are going to vote for Feinstein’s bill. Everyone knows why they are balking. They want to be re-elected. They know that they come out in favor of this bill, second amendment defenders are going to have a field day at the next election. These liberals will find that their opponents use this vote against them.
So, good liberals all, they are in the midst of a political dilemma. They are being asked to vote in favor of a bill which they think is the right thing to do, but which will increase the likelihood that they will never be able to vote for another bill after their terms expire. They will have to go into another line of work. They don’t want to go into another line of work. They like the perks of power. They like the retirement program. They certainly do not want to be thrown out of office just because they felt compelled to vote their consciences.
Under such circumstances, conscience has generally proven to be an ineffective political tool.
They are going to find ways to vote against Feinstein’s bill. This will show to their liberal supporters that they are gutless wonders. They don’t want to be exposed as gutless wonders. People without guts never do. So, here they are, facing what to them is a moral dilemma, but which in fact is just another political finger in the wind dilemma.
I think we should be grateful for Sen. Feinstein. She has demanded that her colleagues vote for a bill which has no chance of passing. She is determined to make this principled political stand, which in fact is a suicide mission. Of course, being from California, she is safe. What she is doing is demanding that her liberal colleagues from less liberal states join her in a suicide pact which will leave her untouched. She is demanding that Sen. Reid fulfill his promise to her. Sen. Reid, being a politician, is now trapped. He is either going to have to expose himself in her eyes as a liar and a cheat, or else he is going to have to invite his colleagues to a 2014 barbecue in which they will be on the spit.
I am thoroughly enjoying this spectacle. More power to Sen. Feinstein! May her liberal colleagues join with her in principle to vote for the assault weapons ban, and may they also find new careers in the private sector.