It was not a good week:
At the Boston Marathon, where bombs killed and maimed.
In West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant exploded, taking lives and leveling the community.
For the media, which seemed to get it first more than it got it right.
And in the halls of the U.S. Senate, where common sense died a partisan death.
As low as my expectations are for the House of Lords, I thought they might pass the background check bill.
My faith in the Senate is renewed.
Even though polls show 90 percent of the public support legislation to close the massive loopholes in the current law, 90 percent of Republican Senators voted against the measure..
I think they will come to regret this vote.
President Obama's angry speech following Wednesday's Senate vote officially christened guns as a wedge issue. No longer will Democrats hide from guns like they have over the past 10 or 15 years. No longer will the NRA and other gun lobbyists be able to operate without opposition.
In addition to the leveling of the political playing field, what else will sway the public on gun control is reality: What happened in Tucson, and Aurora, and in Newton will happen again, and again.
The gun vote also served as another example of how underrepresented citizens who live in states with large populations are in the Senate.
Consider this from a New York Times story: "The 38 million people who live in the nation's 22 smallest states are represented by 44 senators. The 38 million residents of California are represented by two senators."
And as Jon Cohn and Eric Kingsbury of the New Republic wrote after Wednesday's gun vote:
"If you assume, for sake of argument, each senator represents half of his or her state's population, then senators voting for the bill represented about 194 million people, while the senators voting against the bill represented about 118 million people."
Why The Weak Loves State Legislators
In relation to a "stand your ground" gun bill debate, Republican state Rep. Peter Hansen of New Hampshire sent the following mail to colleagues: "What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina's of course ..." At first Hansen refused to walk back from his referring to women as vaginas, then employed the standard "taken out of contest" defense, and finally apologized profusely.
There are new developments on the Mark Sanford for Congress vs. Anthony Weiner for New York City Mayor fronts. At stake here is the title for biggest political comeback from a sex scandal.
Sanford, you will recall, is the now divorced father of four and former South Carolina governor, who went for a hike on the Appalachian Trail in 2009 and ended up at his mistress' place in Argentina.
Weiner is the liberal darling who resigned his congressional seat in 2011after it was revealed he was sending Tweets to women that included crotch shots in his tighty-whities.
Anyway, Sanford was ordered to appear in Court on May 9 to answer trespassing charges alleging he violated a divorce agreement by entering his ex-wife's home without permission.
As for Weiner, a new poll shows has him in second place in a hypothetical Democratic mayoral primary, polling at 15 percent to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's 26 percent.
(Editor's note: Bill Clinton is not eligible for the title because he was never forced from office.)
Jonathan Papelbon Has Future In Senate
Speaking to the Philadelphia media, former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said: "Today's day and age has gotten so crazy. Shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything. You got all this stuff going on; it's just a little bit insane for me, man. I'm not sure how to take it."
The Weak In Tweet
Definitely like the new UConn football helmets with the lounge lizard looking dog on the front.
Guess who drove 55 mins to Hartford this morning not accompanied by his PC. Lovely day for a drive, though.
Note to news outlets: No one will remember if you got it first, but will not forget that you got it wrong.
Classy gesture Yanks playing Caroline, but watching it live, fans seemed confused by it, didn't seem to get the significance.
Steve Martin becomes dad for first time at age 67. Talk about a wild and crazy guy.
Last week Annette, and now word Lumpy Rutherford has died.
Been a long time since I ran the Boston Marathon, but not long enough to make me want to do it again. Good luck runners, perfect day. (Tweeted on morning of the race.)
As Quinnipiac alum (started college career there, 2 courses nights) sorry about loss but great year, congrats to Yale.
Song Of The Weak
"Limbo Rock" ("How low can you go"), by Chubby Checker