The president vowed not to support any candidate who does not support “common-sense” gun control reform.
Calling gun violence a national crisis and titling his essay “Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility,” Mr. Obama wrote:
“I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform. All of us need to demand leaders brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies. All of us need to demand that governors, mayors and our representatives in Congress do their part.”
Regaling with bliss in the generous space provided by the New York Times and applying succinct prose in his opinion, the president delivers a hollow warning of the perils of losing his endorsement on the campaign trail.
With this final demand, Mr. Obama is overestimating his attractiveness to fellow Democrats attempting to preserve their incumbency or become first-time office holders.
Facing the end of his term, and no longer needing support from political allies in Congress, the president is betraying countless political colleagues, most of whom supported him in the most contentious piece of legislation the country has known since the inception of Social Security, ObamaCare.
More troubling is the president’s masked insistence with this pledge he is both the intellectual and moral superior of those who do not embrace his position or actions on guns.
Some, perhaps many, Democrats seeking re-election may come to thank Mr. Obama for his pledge, designating the president as more of an annoyance or distraction; and no GOP candidates will solicit support from him.
In fact, the GOP is in the midst of arranging a very strong anti-Obama theme into their campaigns, hoping to pin the Obama name to every Democrat seeking a House or Senate seat or a governorship.
While refusing to accept his negative impact on the 2016 election cycle, the president once again announces a strategy with a qualifier, demonstrating his grating habit of articulating beforehand what he does not intend to do.
Given his dismal record elsewhere – jobs, the economy, wage stagnation and Islamic terrorism – many Democrats may not want Mr. Obama to accompany them on the campaign trail.
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