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Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Guns, Politics | 2 comments

The startling weakness of Democrats

It’s as though they’ve evaporated. That’s the way it looked a week or so ago in Democratic polling places in this Texas district. The voters just don’t show up. They aren’t showing up even when they’re elected and expected to show up…

Where are they? This time Democratic senators are hiding from the National Rifle Association.

Facing a possible defeat in the Senate, the White House is considering delaying a vote on President Obama’s choice for surgeon general or withdrawing the nomination altogether, an acknowledgment of its fraying relationship with Senate Democrats.

The nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an internist and political ally of the president’s, has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, and opposition from the gun-rights group has grown so intense that it has placed Democrats from conservative states, several of whom are up for re-election this year, in a difficult spot.

Senate aides said Friday that as many as 10 Democrats are believed to be considering a vote against Dr. Murthy, who has voiced support for various gun control measures like an assault weapons ban, mandatory safety training and ammunition sales limits. ...NYT

Those vacant polling booths: any chance the Dems will turn out to vote this year, or a couple of years from now? Any chance Dems will bother to run for public office?


For more on the health of democratic — and Democratic — government, here’s yet another example of fubar.

Cross-posted from Prairie Weather