President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue.Wow. Just wow. That is positively Orwellian right there. He gives an interview in a partisan venue, proceeds to project the Democrat mindset on the Republicans, and then makes the claim that the media is too biased - to Republicans. He then claims to have fired a shotgun while skeet-shooting at Camp David. All that was left was him claiming to be married to Morgan Fairchild.
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they're really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
This is what happens when you live inside of a carefully-controlled bubble. News out of the individual states absolutely contradicts what Obama is claiming - members of his own party are standing back from gun control or even opposing it. That sure doesn't sound like the only opposition is from Republicans in safe districts, does it Barry?
The disconnect is stunning. The President of the United States gives an interview to a highly partisan magazine (owned by Chris Hughes, described on their About page as a "digital campaign strategist for the 2008 Obama Campaign") where he complains about the media being biased - to the other side. He claims country-wide support for gun control, when it is only those Democrats who live in highly urban areas who are pushing it.
I think deep down Obama knows this latest push for gun control is going to fail, so he's setting it up to blame the Republican-led Congress - never mind that even Dem stalwart Harry Reid isn't exactly thrilled about voting for Obama's Assault Weapons ban. Go check that link again - the Washington Post isn't exactly known for being a friend to the GOP, and even they admit that Democrats in less-than-dark-blue areas are concerned about supporting this action.
We've come to see this as a hallmark of the Obama administration, though. He blames everyone else for the failures of his policies - four years in, and he's still blaming Bush for the economy, for example - and points to his election ("we won") as the be-all, end-all for stopping arguments. That Hillary! could give an interview where she states "What difference does it make" as to why an American embassy was attacked and Americans killed - when the evidence is pretty convincing that the administration lied about the reason - and not be questioned in the slightest, why, that's evidence of a right wing media attack, right?
I guess we should be thankful he's had time to destroy healthcare and raise our taxes in the short time he's had between right wing media assaults, right?
That is all.
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