Progressives have had serious issues with Barack Obama since shortly after his grace period ended and he was inaugurated as the 44th president of the U.S. almost exactly two years ago.
Amongst people I hear from, their issues are hottest about who Obama has selected to be his economic advisors, like Larry Sumners and Tim Geithner. Rahm Emanuel wasn't particularly popular with this group either.
Nobody seems to care that much about our continuing (and deeper) prescence in Afghanistan, but Obama did get some GLTB advocates back on his side when he signed a repeal of the much derided "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military last month.
But even though conventional wisdom (even among liberal Democrats like Kathy Castor) is that there really isn't any chance of a substantive bill on guns in the wake of the assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords nearly three weeks ago, there are those who think some sort of sensible legislation (like perhaps Carolyn McCarthy's bill in the House) has a chance to succeed.
But even though there was many, many items placed in the State of the Union address on Tuesday night to touch various demographic groups, the President angered that gun-control crowd when he (intentionally) avoided any discussion about guns.
Politico's Roger Simon ripped into Obama on Thursday for the omission in a piece titled, "Barack Obama: Tower of Jell-O."
I am baffled as to why so many commentators were so dazzled by this speech. No, scratch that. I am not baffled. It was a dazzling speech. It was designed to be a dazzling speech.
But when you dig the stardust out of your eyes, what do you find? You find a beginning that somberly and genuinely honored Gabby Giffords and the others who were gunned down in Tucson, Ariz., just 2½ weeks ago.
But do you find a single word about gun control? Do you notice any attempt to use the public outrage over the six dead and 13 wounded to make this country safer and try to prevent such slaughter in the future?
You do not because that would be controversial. That would be a fight. Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, assured reporters Wednesday: I wouldnt rule out that at some point the president talks about the issues surrounding gun violence. I dont have a timetable or obviously [know] what he would say. But I wouldnt rule that out in the future.