HARPER: OBAMA'S CALIGULA MOMENT
President Barack Obama made a fool of himself yesterday in response to the Senate vote, shooting down the expanded background checks on gun purchases. The 54-46 vote, defeating the last limited piece of the President's ambitious gun control agenda, was forecasted by Col. Lang on the pages of this website many months ago. No matter how many times President Obama and the media pundits claimed that there was 90 percent public support for the gun control measures, following the Newtown massacre, the measures were more than the Senate could handle, and a bipartisan bloc defeated the Manchin-Toomey amendment.
Beyond the factors leading to the Senate vote, President Obama demonstrated a level of disrespect for the U.S. Senate and for the United States Constitution that was as shocking as it was childish. The President convened a Rose Garden press conference, flanked by the former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford and some of the Newtown parents, to deliver a diatribe against the institution of the U.S. Congress. The President fulminated that the Senate was violating its own rules, that Senators caved in to pressure from a lying gun lobby, and the ultimate insult: "It came down to politics."
How shocking for the President to realize that "politics" played a hand in the defeat of his legislation. The level of disdain for the legislative process on the part of the President, who used his own bullying tactics to ram through Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and a number of other worse than destructive pieces of legislation, was shocking. The guilt-trip routine that President Obama attempted yesterday is going to ultimately blow up in his own face. Clearly, the President is so obsessed with his own legacy, that he completely lost it in response to a legislative defeat. I think that the President's reaction is going to hasten the day when he wakes up to look in the mirror and see a lame duck staring back at him. Second term Presidents at best have two years to achieve their legislative legacy, before the onrushing next presidential race overtakes Executive power. Between President Obama's pitiful performance yesterday, and the early surfacing of a draft Hillary movement, I suspect that President Obama may achieve lame duck status in record time. And that is one world record that this President does not want to achieve. Harper