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GOP Uses Picture Of Obama Consoling A Newtown Victim To Gloat About Obama’s ‘Defeats’

By Ian Millhiser

"GOP Uses Picture Of Obama Consoling A Newtown Victim To Gloat About Obama’s ‘Defeats’"


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Earlier today, the Republican National Committee released a one minute video gloating that President Obama has experienced a “string of defeats” during the first 100 days of his second term. Of course, the reason for these “defeats” is that the GOP retains the power to unilaterally block progress in the Senate through filibusters, and they maintain control of the House despite losing the popular vote by nearly 1.4 million votes. So the GOP strategy seems to be to block Obama’s agenda, and then question his leadership because he can’t get his agenda passed.

This, of course, is merely a continuation of the GOP’s political strategy during the President’s first term. What is new, however, is that the RNC’s gloating video features this image:

That’s President Obama consoling Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed during the Newton massacre. Worse, this picture was taken shortly after a coalition of mostly Senate Republicans killed a bill that was intended to prevent more people from dying from gun violence. That’s what the Republican Party is gloating about when it brags that President Obama has experienced a “string of defeats.”

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