“She is running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment. She’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley.”
Thatâ€™s Barack Obama discussing Hillary Clintonâ€™s gun rights support in the wake of the Illinois senatorâ€™s recent comments on bitterness and voters who cling to such things as guns. Obviously, Obama finds Clintonâ€™s gun support and tales of hunting to be disingenuous.
Clintonâ€™s sudden love affair with hunting deserves some mocking. But itâ€™s telling that Obama is more interested in pointing out his opponentsâ€™ insincerities than he is in defending gun rights himself. Thatâ€™s fine. I appreciate that heâ€™s no lover of guns and that heâ€™s not going to pander on the issue. But at the same time as heâ€™s mocking Clinton, he still wants us to believe he was just talking about â€œtraditionsâ€ when he said bitterness over poor economic times makes people cling to guns (among other things).
I really donâ€™t think he can have it both ways. He canâ€™t claim Clinton is being disingenuous on the issue of guns while he wants us to believe he finds guns as part of some worthwhile tradition. Even if Clinton is pandering on the issue, pro-gun Democrats will have a hard time believing that Obama understands them or will look after their interests.