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April 18, 2013

He’s No LBJ

Filed under: Guns,Politics — The Professor @ 8:54 pm

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.

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  1. He certainly isn’t – whatever you can blame Johnson for, and there is a LOT – he had chops and given his decision not to run in 1968, judgment. That this was some sort of Jihadi operation gives lie to almost everything this fool has claimed. My heart goes out to those that died those that were wounded and those that have been killed in the manhunt. The only casualty that should have occurred is the deflating of the pretentious gasbag – not because he is a gasbag, but because his denial of reality, his confusion of thought or speech with action (magical thinking, again), has gravely wounded this nation.

    We cannot deal with a problem until we have the sense to admit it exists – I hope that this will show to the powers that be that O is part of the problem.

    Comment by Sotos — April 19, 2013 @ 7:11 am

  2. Senators vote on actual legislation, not on poll questions. While a majority of Americans may want tighter controls to keep guns from certain individuals, the bill Harry Reid put up was anything but what people wanted. The fault lies squarely with the Democratic leadership in the Senate for crafting a bill that was a complete piece of crap. Lashing out at the wrong people isn’t very presidential. Obama should look to the irresponsible political hacks in his own party for the negative vote on the bill and quit demonizing responsible gun owners.

    Comment by Charles — April 19, 2013 @ 8:36 am

  3. @Charles – absoolutely correct: politics is a bit like Newtonian physics mass * velocity equals impact. Actually the fault also lies with Obama. Poltics is also the art of the possible – to find out what is possible involves talking to others and seeing what can be done first. All evidence points out that this guy doesn’t do this.

    Comment by Sotos — April 19, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  4. He will go down as one of the greatest Presidents we ever saw in the minds of the left wing. They will worship him forever. For the rest of us, he will be the President that could have halted the financial decline of America and didn’t. Pushed us over the cliff. On the right, and in the middle, he will go down as one of the worst Presidents in American history.

    Comment by Jeff — April 20, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

  5. Are you sure you’re from Chicago?

    Comment by Jake — April 23, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  6. @Jake. I’ve got the birth certificate to prove it. Or if by “Chicago” you mean University of Chicago, 3 sheepskins. Why your skepticism? Truly puzzled.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — April 23, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

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