Bill Clinton blamed the GOP Revolution of ’94 on two things. First, on his failure to get ClintonCare passed — which is exactly bass-ackwards. Voters gave Newt Gingrich the Speaker’s gavel to prevent any further such monkeying. And if you don’t believe me, I give you as Exhibit A the events of last year. But Clinton also blamed his gun control successes — and on that one, he was right on the money. The South and West went nuts over that law, and slaughtered the Democrats for it.
But — never one to pass up an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others — President Obama is set to unleash renewed gun control efforts. From Newsweek:
Tuesday night after the speech, Obama adviser David Plouffe said to NBC News that the president would not let the moment after the Arizona shootings pass without pushing for some change in the law, to prevent another similar incident. “It’s a very important issue, and one I know there’s going to be debate about on the Hill.”
The White House said that to avoid being accused of capitalizing on the Arizona shootings for political gain, Obama will address the gun issue in a separate speech, likely early next month. He’s also expected to use Arizona as a starting point, but make the case that America’s gun laws have been too loose for much longer than just the past few weeks.
If this is supposed to be an example of Obama’s new centrist agenda — forget it. He’s an ideologue, through and through.
ALTERNATE CLOSE : If this is supposed to be an example of Obama’s new pivot to the unemployment situation, he still doesn’t get it.