Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
"Joe Manchin called me yesterday. He thinks he has a couple more votes... . I may be able to get another Democrat or two. That would get us up to 57. We may only need three additional Republicans. So we'll see.""
Senate Democrats believe that they have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, after weeks in which those who opposed the legislation faced strong political backlash at home.
The additional votes would still put the bill, a bipartisan compromise sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), shy of the 60 necessary for passage. And tellingly, no one boasting of growing support would reveal the names of those lawmakers ready to flip.
Greg Sargent thinks one of these votes could come from Senator Johnny Isakson.
After seeing this Profile in Courage, how could any Congress member vote against common sense safety measures?