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Obama to Red State America: He Hates You, He Really Hates You

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Posted at RightWisconsin:


The dominant media narrative on President Obama’s epic failure on gun control last week is to blame it on political cowardice in the senate. But that consensus is wrong:  the problem was not a lack of courage; it was a lack of trust. 
Simply put: supporters of gun rights didn’t trust the president, his party, or the federal government even on a relatively modest piece of gun legislation.  And while Obama was quick to point his finger at bitter clingers and the NRA for that trust deficit, he really has no one but himself to blame.
Consider the angry language he used as he reacted to the senate vote. It was, he said, "a pretty shameful day for Washington."
"The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill," Obama said in the rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote.  
"A minority in the U.S. Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery. It’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans just voted against that idea."
Obama said that Senators who voted against it were so gutless that they had "no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics." 
This was a remarkable performance – remarkable in the raw contempt the president expressed toward his political opponents and even some members of his own party. ..
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