Middle Class Task Force

Dangerous Gun Lobby Seizes Platform from President

Yesterday, the President rolled out his answer to the Newtown massacre. He’s putting the guy who was put in charge of the Middle Class Task Force during a different crisis in charge of a similar commission to solve gun violence.

If you’re wondering how Joe Biden does with these task force thingies, here’s what the MCTF promised to deliver:

  • Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities
  • Improving work and family balance
  • Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety
  • Helping to protect middle-class and working-family incomes
  • Protecting retirement security

Ahem. Given that Obama’s gun control press conference was dominated by questions about his plans to make retirement less secure by cutting Social Security, I guess we shouldn’t put too much stock in Biden’s new Task Force.

Meanwhile, the NRA has obviously put more serious thought into how to “lead” on this issue than the White House. They have scheduled a Friday night news dump press conference for tomorrow, at which they will describe how they plan to be “part of the solution.”

Few reporters are going to dedicate a lot of energy to a press conference as they’re trying to pack up for Christmas.

But the press conference did provide Meet the Press with an excuse to schedule Wayne LaPierre for a one-on-one chat with hack David Gregory. No matter what you think of MTP, it accords the leader of a group that has spent decades making it easier for gun nuts to massacre people a certain stature and the opportunity to frame this debate.

Mind you, I don’t blame the NRA here, I blame the White House. The White House has a use-it-or-lose-it soapbox. And in this case, they seem to have had little interest in using it.

Which suits LaPierre and his massacre-enablers just fine.

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emptywheel July 30, 2015: I lay out how the 5 stages of Trump grief will (and have) go. https://t.co/J3HAiP59G1
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bmaz Poor little Mercedes F1 team wants you to cry for them https://t.co/1eiD84pgdd
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bmaz @DaveedGR That still contemplates a 50% centrist coalition with one extreme or the other to get elected though, no? Not sure changes much.
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bmaz Remember when Clinton led Sanders by 50 points? Don't bite on the early numbers! https://t.co/CoZ0NXXIoI
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bmaz @barrettmarson It was nasty all the time.
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bmaz @barrettmarson @troyhaydenfox10 I miss the old CB-6. That was fun.
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bmaz Gonna be a lot of this for a very long time https://t.co/4OpGOjTg3t
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bmaz @ryanlcooper Cable is going to be fantastic. All Trump, all the time. You'll love it!
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bmaz @imillhiser Same, and I am not convinced that Cruz wouldn't be worse in many ways. Not convinced Trump is better either.
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bmaz @sahilkapur And disputing that its an acceptable justification for the difference in way Clinton/press acted then and way she is acting now.
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