How bad is Obama's gun control debacle?

There are several reasons why the president's efforts on the gun control issue failed, but perhaps the two biggest were his arrogant assumptions regarding his own powers, and his refusal to acknowledge that the issue was a constitutional one, not a public safety matter. Politico: 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 --...(Read Full Post)