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VA – GUN POLITICS – Did GOP fall for Northam trap?

Virginia Democrats were beside themselves with rage last week, blasting Republicans in the legislature for doing nothing during what ended up being a very brief special session that the governor had called on gun control. Of course, they were crocodile tears – Republicans did exactly what Democrats hoped they would do: nothing. (It’s not really a surprise that the same e-mails from Democrats flooding into in-boxes not only castigated the GOP, but asked for money. Crass? Yes. But that was the point of this whole exercise.)  It takes no political Machiavelli to realize the special session was a set-up from the start, an effort by the Northam administration to move the spotlight away from its own ongoing image problems and ineptitude. Much as when Harry Truman called the Republican Congress back into session in the summer of 1948 (also a baldly political ploy designed to rescue a flailing chief executive), the GOP had to decide how to respond. They could defiantly do nothing – a big “up yours” to the executive branch – or they could take modest efforts to enact legislation in order to prove they were more than the do-nothing body Truman and Northam have derided them as being. Both then and now, the GOP opted for defiance.  [full article]

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