Why Annihilate the GOP?
Still reeling from the Republican defeat in the 2012 presidential election, House Speaker
The embattled speaker declared that the administration would focus "everything in the next 22 months," until the next midterm congressional elections, on attempting "to annihilate the
President Obama undoubtedly wishes that American voters will somehow drive the
Republicans' unyielding obstructionism in the first term, blatantly advertised by Senate Minority Leader
More specifically, the Republican opposition to immigration reform, most prominently embraced by the party's tea-party conservatives, proved to be a massive mobilizer of Hispanic votes for Obama, to the tune of 73 percent of that ethnic vote on
Republicans have since jettisoned their intransigence on immigration reform, and Sen.
A post-election push in the
It remains to be seen whether this newfound spirit of cooperation among some Senate Republicans -- which seems to recognize not only the results of the November election but also the damage the party has done to its brand and image -- will be duplicated with respect to other issues. On the other post-election matter that has generated new energy -- the campaign for stronger legislative action against gun violence -- the Republican response has been much less intensive and certain.
Despite the visible efforts of President Obama and Vice President
The pro-control forces played a powerful card of persuasion Wednesday with the arresting testimony of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who nearly died in a gun attack, and of her husband, former astronaut
Moving Republican votes in
On both issues, though,
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