The New York Times' Maureen Dowd blasted President Barack Obama's efforts to moderately expand gun background checks in a column on Sunday after legislation failed to advance in the Senate last week.
How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost the vote in the Senate? It’s because he doesn’t know how to work the system. And it’s clear now that he doesn’t want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.
It’s unbelievable that with 90 percent of Americans on his side, he could get only 54 votes in the Senate. It was a glaring example of his weakness in using leverage to get what he wants. No one on Capitol Hill is scared of him.
"When you go into a fight saying you’re probably going to lose, you’re probably going to lose," she added. Read the column here.