How stupid does the Senate background-check vote look now, I ask the pundits and others who thought it was dumb politics for Obama and the Democrats to push for a vote that they obviously knew they were going to lose. I’d say not very stupid at all. The nosedive taken in the polls by a number of senators who voted against the bill, most of them in red states, makes public sentiment here crystal clear. And now, for the first time since arguably right after the Reagan assassination attempt—a damn long time, in other words—legislators in Washington are feeling political heat on guns that isn’t coming from the NRA. This bill will come back to the Senate, maybe before the August recess, and it already seems possible and maybe even likely to have 60 votes next time.
The detainees, after years of being quiet and waiting for the process to work itself out, with the Obama administration and so-forth, have come to realize that the process is jammed-up.
- Charlie Savage, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, on hunger strikes in Camp 6 at Guantanamo Bay Prison
“The point really is not whether you keep Guantanamo [Prison] open or keep it closed. The point is what you do with those you have there.”
- President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a research institute focusing on terrorism that was created in the wake of the attacks on September 11.