Do the Democrats actually stand for anything? Republicans seem to have no problem sticking to their guns on core issues (as deranged as some of them may be). The latest absurdity for the party in power is the new campaign finance reform bill, which, in order to gain the votes of conservative Democrats in the Senate, carves out an exemption for the NRA. The core of the bill is a demand for transparency; it requires that political candidates and and groups reveal their donors–except for one glaring exception–the National Rifle Association. Apparently, some pro-gun Democrats demanded and got that exemption before they’d vote for the bill, and the leadership of the party is so desperate for a victory they went along. I’m starting to think the Tea Party looks sane in comparison.