Sen. Kelly Ayotte is resorting to a tired old politician’s trick in the gun-control debate. She votes against expanded background checks. But then claims she’s actually for background checks and just didn’t like the way it was worded in the bill that came before the Senate. Smart citizens know that this kind of waffling is a sham. There are no perfect bills. When she had to stand up and be counted, Ayotte defied common sense and pandered to the gun-crazy fringe. That’s not conservative; it’s cowardly.