Obama threw a grand mal temper tantrum yesterday in the Rose Garden, lashing out at those he holds responsible for the defeat of the lame, completely symbolic, and utterly ineffectual gun legislation in the Senate. Such a paradox. According to Obama, the proposals are wildly popular, not to mention the epitome of “common sense.” (Note: whenever anyone asserts something is “common sense” it’s because they can’t muster a rational argument in its favor.) Nonetheless, they went down in flames in the Senate. And they would have had zero chance in the House. How can that circle be squared? According to Obama-the malign influence of the gun lobby.
In essence, Obama was admitting that he is no match for Wayne LaPierre. How pathetic is that?
Obama can’t even get his own party completely on board, let alone Republicans.
Somewhere, probably in hell, LBJ is shaking his head in disbelief. LBJ knew how to use carrots and sticks to bend the Senate to his will, both as majority leader, and President. Obama is evidently of the belief that he needn’t deign to engage in such shabby politicking to advance his agenda: the mere expression of his royal desire should suffice to persuade all to fall into line, and implement his will by acclamation.
LBJ made a living out of cajoling recalcitrant legislators into going along with things that were unpopular in their states and districts: he would have considered it child’s play to persuade them to go along with something as allegedly popular as background checks. But Obama can’t even manage that.
Primarily because he doesn’t think he should even have to try.
Seriously, I cannot think of a more pathetic confession of political impotence and cluelessness. Obama truly thinks that making a speech-or speeches-and engaging in agitprop (much of it emotionally exploitive-another indication of the lack of a rational argument) is sufficient to get what he wants. And when he doesn’t he pitches a public fit. This is all so revealing.
And I have a sneaking suspicion that there was something more than the defeat of the gun control legislation behind Obama’s foul mood. That something being Boston.
There is a non-trivial probability-not a certainty, but appreciable odds-that the Marathon bombing was a jihad operation, or jihad inspired. Which would give the lie to Obama’s assertion that Islamist terror died as a serious problem when a 5.56mm round impacted Osama’s cranium. Moreover, there would no doubt be a cascade of damaging revelations of intelligence failures, perhaps exacerbated by political correctness, like that which followed the Christmas junk bomber a few years back. That is, there is a considerable likelihood that there is a sh*tstorm brewing, and that can’t help but aggravate Obama’s already preternatural petulance.
Second terms usually stink. Early indications are that Obama will exceed all expectations in that regard. His signature issue down in flames. A looming controversy over Boston. The impending Obamacare “train wreck” (in the words of Dem Sen Baucus). Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Unfortunately, the rest of us are the ones who will really pay the price.