- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2013

News outlets have reported with much fanfare that President Obama will soon fire up Air Force One and travel around the nation in campaign mode, making his case for gun control. And in its own halting way, the White House officially confirmed this Monday during the daily press briefing, where a hefty part of the questions targeted assault weapons, background check and sales, plus gun-related violence.

“I do anticipate that you will see the president using the power of the bully pulpit, as you described it, by traveling across the country a little bit and talking about some of these issues, including this one,” deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told one questioning reporter.

“Obama to travel around the country on new gun control campaign. To make a symbolic point he should do this with a completely disarmed Secret Service,” muses Lucianne Goldberg, founder of the news website Lucianne.com.


The aforementioned Mr. Earnest, meanwhile, also kind of, well maybe, sort of acknowledged there had been chatter between New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the White House over gun control. From the press briefing came this question: “Mayor Bloomberg is rolling out a $12 million ad campaign. Has there been any discussions between Mayor Bloomberg and the White House about this campaign, any coordination about the messaging?”

“I can’t speak to any specific coordination,” Mr. Earnest replied. “I know that the vice president recently met with Mayor Bloomberg where they talked about a range of issues, including proposals that would reduce gun violence. So in terms of whether or not there was any coordination or advice that Mayor Bloomberg sought for his political activities, I don’t know the answer to that. But we certainly have been in touch with Mayor Bloomberg, as we have been with a range of individuals.”


“As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on two same-sex marriage cases, and with several other high-profile cases on its docket, the court’s favorability rating remains close to an all-time low,” says a Pew Research Center survey, which also revealed that just 9 percent of Republican conservatives say the court steered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is actually conservative.

Among Americans overall, 52 percent view the court favorably, 31 percent unfavorably.

Forty-seven percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion, up from 38 percent in July, following endless discussions about health care reform.

By contrast, favorable sentiment among Democrats slipped from 64 percent to 56 percent.

“About as many conservative Republicans say the Supreme Court is liberal (45 percent) as middle of the road (39 percent). Very few conservative Republicans, just 9 percent, say the court is conservative,” the survey says.

“Nearly half of liberal Democrats (48 percent) say the Supreme Court is conservative; 31 percent say it is middle of the road and just 15 percent view the court’s ideology as liberal.”


What with his sister running for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina and a parody presidential campaign behind him, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert could be getting, uh, serious in his politics. Maybe.

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