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  •  On the contrary, (9+ / 0-)

    on this issue I think he can build political capital, if he so chooses.

    Polls have consistently shown (especially in the wake of Newtown, the straw that broke the camel's back) that the American people support some forms of gun (and also ammunition) control, whether it's a ban on private ownership of military-style weaponry like AR-15s to limitation on the size of ammunition magazines that can be used. The more the Republicans resist reasonable efforts to limit access to weapons of mass destruction in America, the more they show themselves out of the mainstream. And the more they show themselves out of the mainstream on this issue, the better chance they'll be seen as out of the mainstream on other issues such as reproductive choice, social safety net issues such as Medicare and Social Security, and even foreign policy. That's all to the good, for Obama and the sane part of the United States.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:33:47 AM PST

    •  Youknow (1+ / 0-)
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      FiredUpInCA

      they hate to be seen as out of the mainstream and so do their corporate paymasters.

      "... the more they show themselves out of the mainstream. And the more they show themselves out of the mainstream on this issue, the better chance they'll be seen as out of the mainstream on other issues such as reproductive choice, social safety net issues such as Medicare and Social Security, and even foreign policy."

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