There might be some leverage to prod Bush to actively support the assault weapons ban after all.
"The White House considers her the critical swing vote on judicial filibusters, this official said, and a rare Democrat willing to judge Bush's nominations on a case-by-case basis."
They're talking about Senator Feinstein. The rabidly anti-gun Senator Feinstein. While the story itself is mainly a fluff piece trying to depict Sen. Feinstein as fair & unbiased it does provide a little support for a scary idea: Bush's active support &/or other Senators & Representatives vote for an assault weapons ban renewal in exchange for votes on judicial nominees & other issues. Nothing concrete. It's just a theory I have, but one that seems more & more likely.