Usually when a senator suffers a big public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely retwists the arms that didn’t bend his way. Colleagues don’t like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first time? Don’t know what they believe?
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and a parade of other possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates anchored the opening day of the National Rifle Association’s annual conference as they praised the lobby group for its efforts to defeat President Barack Obama’s gun legislation.
Washington is still capable of surprise. After two conservative, gun-owning senators from states with a strong gun culture couldn’t move modest gun-safety legislation through the Senate, something unusual happened: Their proposal didn’t die.
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that a bipartisan immigration bill introduced this week would enhance national security. His comments came as supporters of the measure tried to pre-empt concerns about terrorism as police hunted for an immigrant from Kyrgyzstan suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing after a second suspect -- his brother, also an immigrant -- was killed in a gun battle.