The National Rifle Association weighs in on all kinds of legislation and rates lawmakers on their votes. But they have never made an issue of a Supreme Court nominee–until now.
The National Rifle Association’s threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her.
The gun-rights group is used to getting its way by spooking lawmakers about the political consequences of defying its wishes. But it never before has weighed in on a Supreme Court confirmation battle. It was cautious about breaking that pattern, and it looks like a losing fight to defeat President Barack Obama’s first pick for the court.
Does this mean that lawmakers have decided not to be bullied by gun lobbyists? Or maybe they finally realize only a very small number of their constituents really give a damn what the NRA says.