Quote of the Day: On #GunControl, Obama, and lameducks

Posted by: Phineas on April 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Writing in the Telegraph, Tim Stanley makes a trenchant observation in the wake of the defeat the gun-control bill in the Senate yesterday and the President’s angry reaction:

4. Barack Obama is a lame-duck president. Nobody listens to what he says anymore, nobody is interested in winning his approval and nobody much cares if he thinks they have “let the country down”. This is typical for a second-term president who has lost all their leverage because they’re no longer running for office and everybody is patiently waiting for the day when he quits the White House. But Obama’s difficult personality has doubled the size of the challenge. Gloating in victory, adolescent in defeat – the Prez doesn’t make it easy to work with him. Why should conservative senators give him a legislative victory after he has spent four years painting them as knuckle-dragging rednecks who hate women and the poor?

Narcissists just can’t stand it when their carefully nurtured inflated sense of self-esteem is punctured. When it happens, they take it personally and we get petulant tantrums, as we saw yesterday.

But this is just one victory for civil liberties against Progressive usurpations. Obama may have been checked in Congress on this, he may have little “banked political capital” left to shove major legislation through, but the presidency still has immense regulatory power, and Obama has often expressed regret that he couldn’t just bypass Congress.

The fact is that he can, quite effectively. So, while we indulge in a little justified satisfaction in this win for reason and constitutionalism, let’s also remain wary.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Quote of the Day: On #GunControl, Obama, and lameducks”


  1. Brontefan says:

    0bama is not easily defeated. Mark Dice’s YouTube clips demonstrate that about all you need to do –especially for a poll–is to ask if you want to help Prez 0bama with… whatever. The blind allegiance to his man is terrifyingly reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s. The 90% he talked about yesterday was from 5 states, cherry picked and as with most statistics–manipulated by the actual question. A Gallop poll claims that only 4% of the American public are concerned about gun rights. I am beginning to believe Rush is right–the truth never touches 0bama.

  2. Sefton says:

    The fact is that he can, quite effectively. So, while we indulge in a little justified satisfaction in this win for reason and constitutionalism, let’s also remain wary.

    He’ll be looking to hit back, no doubt about it.
    It’s the Chicago way.

  3. Carlos says:

    Not only hit back, but hit back with a vengeance and a mad push to accomplish what he can’t do legislatively.

    Look for him to “executive order” his gun confiscation legislation into law.

    Look for him to veto any attempt to pull back on any portion of ObamaCare.

    And finally, look for him to expand abortion rights by allowing the murder of any “fetus” (read: already born child) not capable of walking, and forcing all medical facilities (including religious hospitals and clinics) to perform abortions up to and including post-partum.

  4. Executive orders do not carry the force of law as a substitute for Congress and the Constitutional legislative function. However, the score still remains Constitution 1, Obhammud 0.

  5. Carlos says:

    Well, Drew, the Prez sure seems to think so, and he’s sure got the backing of the LSM in that opinion.

    If anyone in authority had the gonads to challenge all the illegality Obhammed has committed in his 4+ years, maybe Mr. My People would get slapped down by SCOTUS and the Prez would no longer be king.

  6. It is easy to tell when Obhammud is thinking; you can smell rubber burning.