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How Adam Lanza Wrecked Obama's Second Term: Don't blame the catastrophic health care rollout
National Journal ^ | December 9, 2013 | Alex Seitz-Wald

Posted on 12/09/2013 1:21:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

There are plenty of reasons this is the lowest point of Barack Obama's presidency. He hasn't fulfilled a major legislative campaign promise, his signature second-term immigration initiative is paralyzed, and the administration may never entirely recover from the unforced errors surrounding the Affordable Care Act's rollout. But don't blame these problems alone for Obama's record-low 40 percent approval rating. In truth, his agenda went off the rails on a crisp December morning last year, when Adam Lanza strolled into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 children and six adults. Obama hasn't gotten back on track since.

The Connecticut massacre set in motion a cascade of events that led the White House to burn through its only real window to accomplish its goals. The month before the shooting, Obama had won a convincing reelection and a modest popular mandate. One major liberal wish-list entry, immigration reform, seemed not only within reach but almost inevitable.

Immigration was in an almost impossible bipartisan sweet spot: a singularly important policy goal for Democrats that could be a political boon for both parties. For Republicans, it was a way to fix a demographic problem revealed by the 2012 election. Still, they'd have to move quickly. The populist Right that had torpedoed immigration reform under George W. Bush seemed quieted by defeat, but it wouldn't stay that way for long.

Then Lanza's rampage altered the debate in Washington. Suddenly, priority No. 1 wasn't immigration reform but gun control. The base that had just elected Obama was clamoring for background checks and magazine-clip restrictions, threatening to desert the president before his second inauguration. Many in Washington, including Connecticut's Democratic senators, were convinced that the much-feared National Rifle Association had become a "paper tiger." The gun lobby's muscle hadn't been truly tested in almost a decade...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; banglist; democrats; immigration; obama; obamacare; sandyhook; teaparty
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Pretzel logic or reality?
1 posted on 12/09/2013 1:21:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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Altogether now! Awwwwwwwwwwwww!!


2 posted on 12/09/2013 1:26:51 PM PST by cotton1706
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3 posted on 12/09/2013 1:27:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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4 posted on 12/09/2013 1:27:32 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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I don’t think there’s any truth to it, but on the flip side, Obama and Dems should know from history that gun control is the real 3rd rail of politics for the Democrat party. Once they go hard left on that issue, they usually see a real tide turned. They tried it in Clinton’s first two years, and there is no doubt 1994 was influenced in part on this issue.


5 posted on 12/09/2013 1:27:49 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The death of the TEA Party has been pronounced on a regular basis.

(Hopefully) Ain't happening for at least a generation.

6 posted on 12/09/2013 1:28:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My Grandpa told me, “Never try to analyze insanity.” Worked well for me during my adult life.


7 posted on 12/09/2013 1:33:19 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another pathetic attempt to distract attention from the train-wreck called ObamaCare.
8 posted on 12/09/2013 1:34:10 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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Sounds goofy, but there is something to this here.

Obama and the liberal turds in DC tried hard to use Sandy Hook as the springboard to grab guns. When they failed to get the necessary votes, they whined and cried for months. They are still crying.

To libs The Sandy Hook shootings was nothing but another manufacured crises to overturn the 2nd. And that was the biggest failure so far to the Kenyan.

What will be the ultimate fail for Obastard? The utter failure of ObamaCare. I will be ecstatic when that day comes.


9 posted on 12/09/2013 1:35:32 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find it hard to believe these people are serious. I think leftists are all mentally ill.


10 posted on 12/09/2013 1:36:09 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ilgipper

Democrats have long known that a quick way to power was by giving (our) things away. Since we seem so docile, or have for such a long time, they thought we would behave the same way to their taking things away from us.


11 posted on 12/09/2013 1:39:32 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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Er. complete nonsense, unless the headline is very misleading since I didn’t read the whole thing.

Adan Lanza was a sick and despicable person who killed 26 innocent people, many of whom were tiny children. Isn’t that enough to blame him for?


12 posted on 12/09/2013 1:40:48 PM PST by jocon307
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Libs were a bit upset because some of those gun *safety* measures polled popular but they figured the GOP would be punished for it. .

But I dont see where they blamed that on Obama.

The Obamacare rollout is what really got the libs upset with Obama.

It is blowing it for them, in less than a year when then they believed anyone in congress defying Obama’s orders would be toast, now Obama has no pulpit.

13 posted on 12/09/2013 1:41:39 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: mosaicwolf

““Never try to analyze insanity.””

Writing. That. One. Down.

Wise man, your grandpa.


14 posted on 12/09/2013 1:41:55 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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When all ALL! of those votes were defeated in the Senate, that was the first time Obama was really, viscerally angry in public. He wanted that Teddy Bear for his birthday and somebody didn’t give it to him. And he’s probably still pissed about it!

For as long as we can arm ourselves, we cannot be subjugated.

But the last lead-smelting plant in America closed recently. Doesn’t bode well.


15 posted on 12/09/2013 1:42:59 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lanza allegedly strolled into a school, not one photograph has been released to back that up.


16 posted on 12/09/2013 1:50:49 PM PST by omega4179
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Immigration was in an almost impossible bipartisan sweet spot: a singularly important policy goal for Democrats that could be a political boon for both parties.

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17 posted on 12/09/2013 1:54:15 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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I would like to think that, had the GOP had the WH and Senate when Adam Lanza struck, they would not have gone down the liberal path of gun control hysteria. Adam Lanza did a sick and grievous thing, but 0bama and the dems could have altered the agenda, turned down the rhetoric, and maintained more “control” over the media themes going forward. They CHOSE to go try to make the Newtown shootings into an excuse for gun-grabbing regulations and chose to take the risk that there would be no u-turn available if they failed.
18 posted on 12/09/2013 1:56:38 PM PST by NEMDF
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19 posted on 12/09/2013 1:58:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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Fair enough thesis. But it’s not really Lanza’s fault. It’s a fault buried deep in progressive DNA. They cannot resist gun control. Moth’s DNA lures them to flames. Progressive DNA lures them to gun control. Gun control has to happen for them to have their way with the country the way they know they should. It is inconceivable to them that anyone could disagree with them about gun control.

So Lanza was Satan, whispering the fatal temptation into their ear: “This time, gun control will be different. The NRA is a paper tiger and Americans don’t really agree with them. Just keep saying ‘common sense’ and it will all work out.” And the left couldn’t help but jump.


20 posted on 12/09/2013 2:00:48 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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