Senator Capito: “Can’t we talk about something that makes me look good?”
Pinned to the top of the senator’s Twitter account is this statement on broadband from five months ago:
Below it, there was nothing about gun legislation or the Texas shooting. Online, I searched for Capito’s latest response; I found nothing since her “pivotal moment” statement a week ago:
“I think the fact that Senator Schumer, as the Democratic leader, did not just pull up a piece of legislation that had already been generated and put it out on the floor for a political statement tells you a lot,” she said.
“I think there’s a lot of ideas on the table. I think this is a pivotal moment. I do see it a bit differently this time as I did in the past, and I’m hopeful that we can reach some kind of consensus between the parties where we could move forward.”
Given the absence of any comments about gun legislation from the senator, my hunch is that Capito has not yet received her talking points from the Republican Party. (Congress has recessed for the week; the “pivotal moment” may soon pass. )
Last week, Senator Manchin said that he would do “anything I can” to move “common sense” gun legislation and he remains the key, as Vanity Fair has noted:
The future of American gun legislation rests on Joe Manchin's persistent belief that Republicans will simply come around.
I think if you read the fine print on Manchin’s statement, doing “anything” does not mean pitching the filibuster.
I remain pessimistic that meaningful gun legislation will pass.