Ruh roh. You know it’s getting bad out there when Jon Stewart, one of the premier forgers of what passes for conventional wisdom, starts crumpling paper and screaming MOTHERF****R! Repeatedly. Last week we asked if the burden of handling the cascading scandals the Obama administration is now juggling means they’ll be too busy dodging suddenly pointed inquiries from their former fluffers in the the White House press corps to have Double Barrel Joe Biden flying around recruiting cannon fodder for another crack at gun control legislation. The consensus of the Armed Intelligentsia was, well, mixed. But Stewart doesn’t really sound optimistic . . .
Actually, Jon seems a little wee-wee’d up. Most of it is, of course, just mugging for the camera. And if your patience is short, the discussion of guns in particular starts at about the 4:30 mark in the clip above. But credit where it’s due. Stewy manages to boil down all those snickers and patronizing head-pats delivered by those who loved to ridicule pro-gunners’ fears of enhanced background checks leading to a nation gun registry succinctly into this new reality:
This has, in one seismic moment, shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil behatted to the government.
And that pronouncement apparently pre-dates the latest revelations that it wasn’t just the AP. The DOJ had been rifling through a Fox News reporter’s private emails, too. For months. And tracking his comings and goings. And that’s just what’s come out so far.
So does Stewart’s monologue mean the scales are really falling from MSM members’ eyes? Probably not. Statists have a virtually inexhaustible well of faith in the benevolence and good intentions of big government, decades of experience to the contrary. But in realpolitik terms, this whole mess won’t make the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s job any easier. And they know it.
Just ask Joe Manchin, the pride of West Virginny. Ever since Manchin-Toomey went down in flames, he’d been telling anyone who’d listen that rumors of the death of his hard-won compromise were greatly exaggerated. And that he planned to reintroduce it just as soon as possible.
But that was before Benghazi/IRS/AP/Fox. Senator Joe was interviewed on a home state radio show late last week. He’s starting to sound a little less than fully confident.
Isn’t it more understandable, asked host Hoppy Kercheval, that people who fear more government intrusion or influence would now have some of those fears stoked after the revelations in the past week?
“Absolutely – I agree 1,000 percent,” Mr. Manchin said on MetroNews’ “Talkline.” “People are saying, ‘Joe, we read your legislation, it makes all the sense in the world and we’re for that legislation – we’re just afraid government won’t stop there.’”
So…gun control? Doesn’t seem likely. Not on the federal level anyway. Not that vigilance isn’t still warranted. As ever.