Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Senate’s most conservative Democrat, is perhaps best known for the campaign commercials that helped get him elected. In 2010, about a month before the election, Manchin aired a spot featuring him carrying a rifle and literally shooting a hole through a cap-and-trade bill. The ad touts Manchin’s endorsement from the NRA, which has given him an “A” rating.
With this background in mind, the senator’s comments on msnbc this morning were unexpected. “[I]t’s time to move beyond rhetoric” on gun policy, Manchin said. “[T]his has changed the dialogue, and it should move beyond dialogue. We need action.”