When will the left fight for one of Bush's nominations?

When the nomination is for the head of the BATFE, and the nominee appears willing to defend his agent's misconduct and persecution of gun owners and dealers.  Of course, they can't do it with logical arguments; they have to resort to lies...
US ATTORNEY Michael Sullivan has taken an even-handed approach toward reducing the use of illegal firearms while still respecting the constitutional right to bear arms. But that's not good enough for some Republican US senators who have fallen under the sway of the gun lobby and are blocking his confirmation as head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
... and name calling...
So, some cow chip-kickin' senator from Louisiana doesn't want Mike Sullivan, the US attorney in Boston, to become head of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms because Sullivan wants to make it harder for people to get guns.  Um, isn't that what the head of the ATF is supposed to do?
For the record, the BATFE as an agency is supposed to collect taxes.  That's why it was originally formed under the Treasury.  It took almost 40 years for the agency to move from its origin, under the Treasury as a tax-collection agency, to its current position under Homeland Security as a "save-us-from-homegrown-terrorists" scare-monger.

That's right; the anti-gun Democrats are defending a Bush nominee, while the pro-gun Republicans are opposing him.  Has any constituency been so thoroughly betrayed by a President they put in office before?  Between his promise to sign the Assault Weapons Ban renewal (if it reached his desk; it didn't), his brief in Heller, his mishandling of the Armed Pilots issue, and his handling of the BATFE both in general and with this nomination, gun owners could be forgiven for asking whether their efforts in 2000 and 2004 were worth it.

Hat tip to David Codrea for the stories.

This entry was published Thu Feb 21 10:20:05 CST 2008 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2008-02-21 10:20:05.0. [Tweet]

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