GOP defections may block filibuster of gun bills
Five GOP Senators will side with Dems to vote for cloture. They include John McCain, of course.
As the article notes, this puts Harry Reid on the spot. He's got vulnerable Senate Demos who will have to buck the White House or risk defeat. A filibuster would have solved his problem nicely. Senators in antigun States could blame the GOP, those in progun States could have explained they'd have voted against the measures if they'd been able to do so.
Update: John Hinderaker asks "What does Obama think he's doing on guns?" and states a couple of theories: (1) maybe he hopes to whip his base into a frenzy, in hopes of retaking the House... which seems unlikely.... or (2) better that folks think about gun control than that they ask questions about Benghazi, North Korea, etc..
I'd pose a third. He has no clue. I'm serious. In my ten years in DC I met many policymakers who were unfit to make policy. I'm talking really obvious things. The current administration has totally screwed up foreign policy, and foreign policy is of a vastly higher priority to a White House than is this. It may be as simple as "everyone will love it ... why the Washington Post, NY Times and CNN all say it is a wonderful approach... so let's just do it."