How much did that steak dinner at the White House Wednesday night for a dozen conservative Republicans pay off for President Obama when it came to the first gun control vote on Thursday morning.
The guest list included:
Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Senator John Boozman of Arkansas, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
Isakson, Alexander, Collins and Wicker voted with the Democrats, helping to fuel a decisive, initial, 68-31 victory for gun control advocates.
The menu, according to the White House, featured a green salad, steak and sautéed vegetables.