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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Matt Bennett
The last time either chamber of Congress took on gun control was in 2004, when the Senate considered a pro-gun bill, ended up adding three major gun control measures — then killed it, saying the whole thing had become too messy.
President Obama won re-election in part because his supporters favor bigger government — but a divided Congress virtually ensures the president's initiatives in his second term will be far smaller in scale than Obamacare or an $821 billion plan to stimulate the economy.Divid
President Obama is turning his attention back to the economy after a day spent raising millions of dollars for his campaign and riding a media wave on his newly declared support for same-sex marriage.
When Mitt Romney speaks to the National Rifle Association on Friday it will bring into focus a major difference between him and President Obama: One is counting on Second Amendment voters to show up at the polls, while the other has sidestepped gun-related issues in the run-up to the election.
President Obama has distanced himself from the congressional supercommittee — politically and geographically — in a strategy aimed at avoiding political risk rather than putting his leadership on the line for a long-shot deal, analysts say.
If elections are the ultimate beauty contest, President Obama next week will have his first major turn on the catwalk since his inauguration.
Mr. Bennett, though, said candidate recruitment happens much earlier in election cycles now, so spurring a new wave of recruits is more difficult.
"The stakes for Obama are less than meets the eye. These off-years are always interpreted as a referendum on something, and they rarely are," he said. "My feeling about Virginia and New Jersey is if they were part of a poll, it would be too small a number to be statistically significant. I just don't think they signal much."