“… Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia says there would have been 70 votes for the plan to expand background checks for gun buyers. But the NRA said it would include the gun vote on report cards that show whether candidates support gun rights …”
In other words, if Senators would not be held accountable, it would have past. As I told the WNYC reporter this morning:
“… Claims that the NRA bought the failed gun control vote with campaign contributions is absurd, according to Jacob Rieper, the vice president of legislative and political affairs with the New York Pistol and Rifle Association, New York’s NRA affiliate. “Voters value NRA endorsements,” he said. “The NRA represents literally millions of people around the country and that’s why they win. People like their endorsements.” …”
Apparently Mayor Bloomberg’s threat that Senators would “face the consequences of their actions in the next elections” doesn’t have a similar value.