Earlier today, in writing about the Democrats’ gun control face plant, I speculated that Senator Heidi Heitkmap’s decision to vote no on the legislation probably wasn’t her decision at all but rather Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (who poured millions into helping Heitkamp get elected).
If the voted had been closer, I wrote, and if Reid needed Heitkamp’s vote she would have given it up. And it turns out, I was right.
The Obama administration just outed Heitkamp as their pocket yes vote for gun control:
One administration official told POLITICO the White House was especially disappointed with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D), the only dissenting Democrat not up for re-election next year, who refused to go along with the bill even after White House chief of staff Denis McDonough visited her office to make Obama’s case on Tuesday.
Still, officials believed Heitkamp would have flipped if they had gotten closer to the 60 votes they needed.
I’ll bet the Heitkamp folks are just loving that little jab.
But that’s our “independent” Senator for you. Just doing as she’s told.