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  •  Ayotte...what to do? (0+ / 0-)

    It's not really that surprising that Senator Ayotte would cast her vote against more gun regulation, is it?  She is a darling of the conservative base in New Hampshire - a state that loves its guns.  Why would she risk antagonizing them?

    While its true that many independents and even some Republicans may favor expanded background checks, it's unlikely they would necessarily abandon support for Ayotte based on a single issue in an election still three and a-half years away.  Especially since she uses a somewhat valid argument that current gun laws are erratically enforced - a position that resonates well in libertarian NH.

    More likely, much of Ayotte's slide is linked to her palling around with senators McCain & Graham, and her participation in the Ambassador Rice debacle - not one of her best strategic career moves.

    Ayotte still has three years of breathing room before a potential match-up with NH's new Democratic governor who still must face reelection to another two-year term in 2014.

    "The highest patriotism is not blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." --George McGovern

    by Progressive Pride on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:44:10 PM PDT

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