With the vast majority of the public supporting background checks, enough cowardly Senators voted against them.
Within a few weeks, these Senators have plummeted in the polls.
I am shocked and surprised. Shocked that enough people are paying attention enough to give their disapproval, and surprised that it was so strong.
Seriously — Senator Flake from Arizona dropped 19 points. Portman from Ohio dropped 18. Ayotte from New Hampshire dropped 15.
Maybe this will be what it takes for these spineless politicians to realize that the leaders of the NRA do not represent anyone except the gun manufacturers.
EDIT, two days later: Republican Senator Toomey, from my home state of Pennsylvania, was one of the few Republicans who voted for background checks. His poll numbers have risen. Just in case anyone thought these numbers were not related to the gun vote.