Gunwalker: Dems Abandoning Ship?

New York Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney hasn't said a word about Operation Fast and Furious since she supported the doomed "Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act" in mid-July. Neither has her even more zealously anti-gun collegue Carolyn McCarthy.

As pressure has increased on the administration this week, the silence from House Democrats has been deafening. And like House Democrats, Senate Democrats are quietly abandoning the White House and attorney general.

Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein have consistently pushed for gun control throughout their Senate careers. Along with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, they fabricated a report in June that supported the administration with a walked-back version of the 90-percent lie.

Schumer in particular has been a strong ally of the president, and yet he has also been silent on Operation Fast and Furious.

How many major political scandals have there been in recent memory where an entire political party fell silent for months at a time -- and how should we interpret that silence?

Democratic senators and representatives may feel they have nothing to gain by speaking out on behalf of the gunwalking scandals. It would be a logical position to adopt if they're assuming that Operation Fast and Furious is a serious political liability.

Regardless of the specific reason, the Obama administration's usual allies of gun-control groups and Democratic members of the House and Senate seem to have abandoned the executive branch to sink or swim on its own.