It seems that Democrat leadership is already trying to distance themselves from Attorney General Holder’s statements about renewing the AWB. Via Unclesaurus I get this tidbit from Speaker of the House Pelosi:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tossed cold water on the prospect of reinstating the assault weapons ban, highlighting Democrats’ reluctance to take on gun issues.
Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban. But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her. The Speaker gave a flat “no” when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.
Cool. Now, I’m not suggesting that we should trust Nancy Pelosi, or think that she’s on our side, because you and I both know that given the opportunity, she’d ramrod an AWB down our throats in a minute. What this highlights is the size of the political miss-step that Eric Holder made the other, which is only reinforced by this link, which examines the damage done by suggesting a new AWB.
It would seem that Eric forgot that it’s 2009, not 1993, and he’s not working for Janet “Send in the Tanks” Reno any longer.