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Emanuel Wants Obama To Give Congress Cover

From a concerned Politico:

Emanuel to W.H.: Don’t hang Democrats on guns

By JONATHAN ALLEN | January 14, 2013

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, has a blunt message to the White House on gun control: Don’t leave your friends holding the bag.

Twice in his career Emanuel has helped Democratic presidents deliver signature legislative achievements early in their terms only to watch Democrats get killed in the ensuing mid-term election. It happened to Bill Clinton on the 1994 crime bill, which included an assault-weapons ban. Then, it happened again on the 2010 health care law.

And it has nothing to do with the fact that these two pieces of legislation were and still are wildly unpopular with the American public.

Now, moderates have reason to be wary if Obama comes calling, asking for a tough vote on gun control.

“Don’t walk away from them during the political season,” Emanuel said at a Center For American Progress forum on Monday morning. “Support them.” …

The trouble is, when Obama campaigns for Congressional candidates they lose. He is the touch of death.

A White House spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment about whether Obama would provide political cover to lawmakers who back gun-control measures.

Well, if Obama doesn’t the news media still will.

If legislation moves through Congress — and that remains a big “if” — moderate Democrats from gun-loving parts of the country will have to calculate whether it is best to stand with the president in trying to enact new restrictions or oppose him…

"Gun lovers"? Why not just call them bitter clingers. That’s what you mean.

According to Daniel Klaidman’s book Kill or Capture, Emanuel hit the roof when he found out in early 2009 that Attorney General Eric Holder had expressed support for a new assault-weapons law. It had been part of the president’s platform, but it would also wreak havoc on the moderates Emanuel had recruited to help win and expand the Democratic majority in the House. “The chief of staff sent word to Justice that Holder needed to ‘shut the fuck up’ on guns,” Klaidman wrote.

They needed to work for gun control ‘under the radar,’ as Obama said. And as he and Holder did with ‘Fast & Furious.’

Now, as mayor of a city that had more than 400 gun-related homicides in 2012, Emanuel is back cracking down on guns. He favors a renewal of the assault-weapons ban and background checks for purchasers — whether they buy in stores or at gun shows.

Once again, Cook County, which encompasses the city of Chicago, already has an assault weapons ban. On top of the second most restrictive gun laws in the country.

He announced Monday that Chicago’s pension funds will sell off investments in gun-manufacturing companies, though it was not immediately clear how much, if any, city money is actually tied up in gun-manufacturing companies…

How beautiful. And never mind that gun-manufacturers are also important to our national defense. They are now being demonized like those evil bastards who supply us with our energy.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Emanuel Wants Obama To Give Congress Cover”

  1. canary says:

    Ya think Rahm Emanuel didn’t get a little nervous over the Blago scandal, yet alone when he opened that box and found a dead fish joke.

    Has he demanded his children’s University become gun-free. A
    After all, he says security isn’t going to stop someone with a gun, so why pay for it.

    Chicago and the state of Illinois keep different cook books for violent logistics so it’s difficult to know their numbers.

    All the more to let this be a State issue.

    If America can praise and honor the Islamic culture of severe punishment and dress code against women this country, than America can honor the diversity in need of weapons.

    This has nothing to do with hunting though I still say if an environmental catastrophic event happened, we might need to shoot 20 squirrels a minute.

    May need to shoot some fish too. Can’t take days.

    And there are wild animals in this country that kill stock’
    In Colorado a gray fox is more important than the 500 cattle or calves it might eat, so Sierra Club is saying.

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