One of the benefits of being a lame duck is that you can vote the way you really want without concern for how it will be viewed by your (soon-to-be-former) constituents. Thus today’s confirmation of dedicated anti-gunner Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General. The pro-Murthy vote was 51-43, meaning he wouldn’t have been approved without the Democrats having invoked the “nuclear option” allowing the president’s nominations to slip by with a simple majority rather than the former standard of 60 votes . . .
While the confirmation is sure to be trumpeted by the mainstream media and people like Shannon Watts as a defeat for the NRA, in practical terms, the Surgeon General’s view on gun control – or anything else, really – carries virtually no weight at all. Much the same as people like Mark Pryor. Or Mary Landrieu. Or Mark Udall. Or Kay Hagan. Or Mark Begich. Or….