The vote isn’t looking great just now, as the Obama administration considers increased use of the scans to detect precisely the type of hidden bomb used on Christmas Day. Experts says the scans are probably the quickest, most reliable way to find carefully hidden bombs and other dangerous weapons.
It’s hard to see how the national congressional committees could leverage such a broadly bipartisan vote in 2010 races, especially since the scans are nobody’s idea of fun. But as people become more resigned to the use of the scans over the next few months — and balance their embarrassment against their fear of being blown up — it’s easy to see how individual challengers could bash incumbents over the vote in battleground districts.
The ad would go a little something like this: “Fanatical terrorists are plotting to destroy our way of life, and Congressman X voted to hamstring efforts to protect your family.”
Among the potentially vulnerable lawmakers with Chaffetz amendment yeas are Reps. Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Anh “Joseph: Cao (R-La.), Tom Perriello (D-Va.), John Boccieri (D-Ohio), Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), a co-sponsor, and Harry Teague (R-Ariz.).