— Brady Campaign (@bradybuzz) April 18, 2013
The U.S. senate just voted against expanding background checks for gun sales. What a pathetic, gutless bunch of cowards. #NewtownBetrayed
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 17, 2013
Following the defeat of the post-Newtown gun-control push, the invective is flying fast and loose. "Guilt," "shame," and "cowardice" are the words of the day. How this sort of rhetoric is supposed to win sympathy on the Hill is beyond me.
S. 649 is still up for consideration, but without the Toomey/Manchin amendment, it's going to be even less appealing to lawmakers. Harry Reid changed his vote at the last minute so he can bring the bill back to the floor for reconsideration, but at this point, the momentum is gone. They blew it.
Why? There are several reasons. The first …