September 7, 2008

WHEN YOU TALK TO SOCCER MOMS KANSAS LISTENS:

Barack Obama, in Pennsylvania, tries to explain gun control stance (DON FREDERICK and ANDREW MALCOLM, September 7, 2008, LA Times)

Barack Obama wanted to talk about the economy Friday as he campaigned in Pennsylvania, especially in light of that morning's government report showing unemployment increasing to 6.1% in August.

But at least one person wanted to talk instead about gun rights -- an issue Obama can't seem to avoid in the Keystone State. It was an issue that plagued him during the primaries because of his comment about "bitter" small-town Americans who "cling" to guns.

And campaigning Friday near Scranton, the Democrat was asked whether -- as some foes keep insisting -- he would take guns away if elected president. [...]

"But what we have to understand is that there are two realities about guns in this country. There's the reality of people who are lawfully and safely using guns for hunting and skeet shooting and protecting their families. And you've got illegal handguns being dumped in Philadelphia, in the hands of teenage gang-bangers and drug dealers who are wreaking havoc and killing people. And surely we can come up with a system that protects lawful gun owners but at the same time tries to do something about kids getting shot."


There's a really simple rule of politics that some, especially those who don't comprehend their own public persona, somehow can't grasp: when you're speaking about an issue on which you are distrusted, the "but" subverts everything that came before it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2008 6:48 AM
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