Confusion and Delay

Well, we don’t really know much we didn’t know last night about yesterday’s Boston bombings. Some conservative media are still avidly pursuing any rumor that might point towards Islamic perpetrators, while others seem to think the timing (Patriot’s Day, Tax Day, 20th anniversary of week of Waco raid) suggest more of an Oklahoma City scenario (that, too, was during this week eighteen years ago). But the truth is we really have no idea.

In Washington, the long-awaited unveiling of the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill has been delayed with sensitivity to events in Boston being the official rationale. It’s unclear whether the bill will go public before scheduled hearings in the Judiciary Committee on Friday.

And don’t be surprised if the same reason is used to postpone Senate votes on gun legislation today. According to WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe and Tom Hamburger, Harry Reid doesn’t have 60 votes for the Manchin-Toomey proposal, mainly because a lot of Republican senators who supported cloture in the vote to proceed to consideration of a gun bill are now lining up in favor of a filibuster against passage of Manchin-Toomey. (Toldja so!). Meanwhile, Ted Cruz has already introduced two bills, with others possibly on the way, that don’t involve changes in the background check system, giving lilly-livered Senate GOPers something they can support while they bail on Manchin-Toomey.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.