Gary L. Bauer
Politico called the gun control votes "Obama's biggest loss" and suggested it could "foreshadow the slow decline" of his presidency. That's ironic considering how the media heralded his reelection as the beginning of a new liberal era in America.
Obama was clearly stung by the loss. At a White House press conference, flanked by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Sandy Hook families, Obama lashed out at the senators who opposed him. Obama said, "There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this." He said supporters of the Second Amendment "willfully lied." And he added, "All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."
What is shameful is the way Obama responded. In all my years in Washington, I cannot recall any president reacting that way to a legislative defeat.
Members of the United States Congress are not his puppets. They were elected to represent their constituents, and, unlike Barack Obama, most of them will have to answer to the voters again.
On Fox News last night, Charles Krauthammer fired back. He said: