May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Usually when a senator suffers a big
public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely
retwists the arms that didn’t bend his way. Colleagues don’t
like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first
time? Don’t know what they believe?
But Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, thinks
he can get five senators to change their votes on a bill, killed
last month, that would expand background checks for gun buyers.
If so, his co-sponsor, Republican Patrick Toomey of
Pennsylvania, is still on board -- and Majority Leader Harry
Reid says he’ll bring the bill for a vote.