This would be funny if it wasn’t so damn stupid:
The Democratic senator from pro-gun Arkansas was nowhere to be seen on the
Senate floor during Wednesday’s showdown over a proposal, championed by the
National Rifle Association, that would have gutted state gun-control laws across
After a morning of angry speeches, a vote was called at high
noon. Toward the end of the vote, Pryor entered the chamber through the back
door, took a few steps inside, flashed a thumbs-down to the clerk, and retreated
as fast and furtively as somebody dodging gunfire.
later, the Democrats had racked up more than enough votes to block the proposal.
“Are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or wishing to change
their vote?” the presiding officer inquired.
Pryor burst back in, this
time through a side door. “Mr. President!” he called out. “Mr. President!” He
stopped in the well to consult with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a gun-control
advocate who was keeping the whip sheet. Schumer gave Pryor a nod, and the
Arkansan — reassured that his vote was not needed to defeat the proposal –
changed his vote to an “aye.”
Now I understand Pryor having to kneel to the gun lobby, I really do. This is a southern, rural state afterall. I’m ok with “pro-gun” Democrats, though I wish someone would inject some commonsense into the debate. Still, you got to admit, this is just embarrassing. Not only is Pryor shown to be nothing but a coward, he also shows himself to be an absolute, bumbling idiot. So Mark, when you’re not showing that you lack any vertebrae whatsoever, could you work on not embarrassing Arkansas. People already have a negative image of Arkansans being, shall we say, a little less than bright. If you’re not careful, people might walk away from an encounter with you thinking their beliefs have been confirmed.