The Thursday wrap
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposal banning 157 models of “assault weapons” — actually they were guns that merely resembled military weapons — is considered dead as a doornail. It's a small victory for common sense that's so lacking in The Great Gun Debate. Past similar bans, based on much of the same cosmetics, did nothing to reduce gun violence. We understand the California Democrat next will seek a ban on “assault senators,” pesky young Republican senators who have the audacity to question her. ... The odds of having filled out a perfect bracket for the just-started NCAA men's basketball tournament are said to be one in 9.2 quintillion. Which actually are better odds than the Obama administration telling the truth about Benghazi. ... The Onion, America's great parody news organization, “reports” that Punxsutawney Phil was beheaded for his inaccurate Feb. 2 prognostication that spring was just around the corner. We're surprised that PETA didn't fire off one of its classic news releases, this time protesting the faux inhumane treatment. ... Roll Call reports that if Republicans hold up the nomination of Labor Secretary-designate Thomas Perez, “it could mean trouble for a party focused on reaching out to minorities.” But if the GOP caves and doesn't, the nation will come to regret Mr. Perez's far-left agenda that's sure to cater to Big Labor thugs and at the expense of every working American.
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