Barack Obama’s rage — whether it’s real or playacting, I’m undecided — continues. Today Organizing for Action’s Jon Carson sent an email to the group’s vast mailing list. It begins with a lie, saying “Yesterday, 45 senators chose to ignore their constituents and stand with the gun lobby.”‘
Obama is allowing for no possibility that any of the senators who opposed the background check amendment were acting in accord with their constituents. None.
The email continues: “And because of Senate rules, this minority was able to stand in the way of a bipartisan measure to expand background checks for gun sales.”
That line is probably a set-up for one of two following moves. One, Democrats will push to jettison the Senate filibuster, aka the so-called “nuclear option.” Or two, Obama will implement some form of background check expansion via executive order and dare anyone to stop him. Or, of course, he may try both. He will certainly make gun control a centerpiece of the Democrats’ campaign to re-take the House in 2014, which the “gun control lobby” surely welcomes. If he could not get this legislation through four months after Newtown, it will not be a resonant issue nearly two years after the tragedy. Unless, that is, Obama has another tragedy to exploit between now and then.
From that set-up line, the email moves on to exploiting the families grieving their loss.
“A lot of people are reading the headlines today and wondering how these senators had the nerve to get up there — right in front of victims’ families from Newtown — and cast that vote against something that more than 90 percent of Americans support. I’m one of them,” his email authors write.
Obama’s own hand-picked Newtown father admits that the background check expansion would not have saved his son. A lot of people are wondering how the president could so callously use vulnerable people at the worst moment in their lives, to push his pet cause.
In the email, OFA vows that “Yesterday was round one. We will keep fighting.”
The question is, is that a threat, or a scream borne of impotent rage?