Having decided to immediately politicize the response to the Newtown massacres by invoking the need for gun control, President Obama is revving up his political operation to prepare for the effort to pass some kind of limits on gun rights.
In an email to Obama’s vast campaign email list Monday night, Obama political guru David Axelrod took the first step toward invoking mass action by Obama supporters on behalf of gun control measures:
Last night, President Obama addressed the families of Newtown, offering the love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence.
As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.
The politicization of the tragedy reflects Obama decision to prioritize a policy response to the tragedy over a traditional presidential role of seeking to heal a grieving nation first.
The specific initiatives the White House will take are still uncertain. But it is clear the White House is preparing its political operation – the Obama campaign yet to stand down – to get behind whatever he decides. Directives from the Obama campaign that are more specific about about steps supporters can take – like contacting lawmakers and canvassing neighbors – will soon be on the way.