Thursday, May 08, 2003

Jumping the Shark?
For the past several months, pundits have wondered who in the Democratic field would have the first "Sista Souljah" moment. And to everyone's surprise, including mine, it appears that it's President Bush whose distancing himself from a portion of his base. The President has announced his support of extending the assault weapons ban, causing the NRA to have fits. But it should not be surprising because Bush promised, on the campaign trail in 2000, that he would support its extension. Yet many thought the President might backpedal or else keep silent enough that the bill would die in Congress.
While I am heartened that the President sees this as good policy, I just wish he had chosen to take on the Religious Right part of his base rather than the NRA.


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