Gun control: Obama’s biggest loss

Never before had President Barack Obama put the moral force and political muscle of his presidency behind an issue quite this big — and lost quite this badly.

The president, shaken to the core by the massacre of 26 innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, broke his own informal “Obama Rule” — of never leaning into an issue without a clear path to victory — first by pushing for a massive gun control package no one expected to pass, and then sticking through it even as he retrenched to a relatively modest bipartisan bill mandating national background checks on gun purchases.

It was a bitter defeat for a president accustomed to winning, a second-term downer that may — or may not — foreshadow the slow decline suffered by so many of his predecessors. Obama seems to have the public behind him, but it illustrated his less-than-Johnsonian powers of personal persuasion, the possible shortcomings of his decision to wait a month after the killings to present a plan and above all the limits of his go-to “outside” strategy of taking his case directly to the American people.

More than anything, it was an emotional blow to Obama, who was as irritated at the four members of his own party as he was at the 90 percent of Republicans who defeated the bill.

If Obama really thought he was gonna win this one then he is guilty of hubris. The votes just weren’t there. And even if they managed to pass something in the Senate, there was no way it would pass the House.

The problem for Obama and the librul media is they live in an echo chamber. Gun control is one of those issues where people’s opinions are pretty well settled. Gun control is popular in some blue urban areas, but it remains toxic everywhere else. Obama and the librul media come from blue urban areas.

It’s like when an alcoholic says “Everybody I know drinks”. He’s telling the truth, because everybody he knows hangs out in bars with him. They’re all alcoholics too.

The sad fact is Obama never did have very good political skills. Even worse, he thinks his political skills are exceptionally good. He has been able to win elections by attacking his opponents rather than selling himself. He narrowly won reelection by spending a BILLION DOLLARS demonizing Mitt Romney.

But all his legislative victories were based on party-line votes. He emerged from the election without a mandate, and he is now a lame duck. Historically, second terms are not when presidents enact significant legislation. Obama shot his wad with the Stimulus and Obamacare. He has no threats or rewards to offer anymore.

Did he really believe he could give a few speeches and use the media to shame or bully the GOP into caving on an issue that would be political suicide for them? I honestly hope he wasn’t that stupid.

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41 Responses to L-O-S-E-R

  1. SHV says:

    Sociopaths live in an alternate reality.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    WTF is going on at Salon these days?

  3. HELENK says:

    well the English do not like him.

    he has been coddled for so long, he really does not know how to face reality

  4. DandyTiger says:

    I don’t think they ever thought this would pass the house. I think the plan all along was to make a wedge issue, have it pass the senate, then fail in the house where they could blame republicans. This was 2014 election theater. Funny thing is, it required Obama to be a leader and make the calls and hustle and convince and sell and get the votes. He didn’t even bother, because he thinks he doesn’t have to do that. Because he’s never had to do that. Or, really, anything.

    Best part, it backfired. Instead of dividing the republicans, he divided the democrats and made them look bad to other democrats. Unless other things happen, and the SC race shows us all kinds of things can happen, it looks like republicans will more likely gain in both the house and senate. Just think, in 2008 the republican party was dead for a good decade or more. Obama fixed that.

    • DandyTiger says:

      And speaking of how things can change, the immigration issue could still have interesting repercussions. So it ain’t over.

    • Mary says:

      I think you’re right. They never believed it would pass.

      It was all political drama in preparation for the 2014 elections.
      And don’t think for a second that they won’t still use it.

  5. DandyTiger says:

    I like the crying Obama baby picture. Stealing from an earlier tweet, that’s Obama’s “lame duckface”

  6. HELENK says:


    poor little guy he just did not get his own way this time

  7. 49erDweet says:

    Back to Tupelo, MS, for a moment……..when an Elvis impersonator is arrested for being a Ricin letter lacer you know it’s the end of a perfect news cycle. What more could there be? I think it’s a sign. We need to start a newspaper.

    • Mary says:

      Speaking of the Ricin letter lacer…….he’s a registered Democrat, has posted comments on HuffPost.

      There goes the narrative, eh?

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Treacher !

  9. votermom says:

  10. driguana says:

    No more speechifying, no more bully pulpit, no more “issues” to cram down our throats…what’s left? Ah, there’s the green agenda, global warming, genetically altered food and, of course, now he could give out free guns.

  11. catarina says:

    Gabby Giffords piece in the NYT:


    Would have loved to leave a comment but the comments are already closed, of course. Lots of shrieking about the evil NRA defeating the voices of the “90 percent” of Americans who support “gun control.”

    Giffords’ use of certain phrases like, “I will not not rest,” and “mark my words” makes one wonder who really wrote the piece…

  12. votermom says:

    Fox & Friends reporting that there is internal debate inside FBI on whether to release photos of suspects or keep it under wraps longer.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      Except it’s not “within”. It’s a political decision being made by the mastahs.

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