President Bush decided to use the momentum gained from his reelection on a big idea, Social Security Reform. It was an idea though popular among the young, was never going to see movement among Democrats and divided some in his own party. He made road shows, but just ended up spending political capital that would have been better served on tax reform or balancing the budget through elimination of duplication.
Why is President Obama spending his political capital on gun control where he divides his own party and unites the opposition. He will never get a proposal that bans guns through the Republican led House and if he forces the Senate to vote on it, he will either fail or endanger red state senators. He could very well hand over the senate next year.
One has to wonder what is he thinking? Could this be the unforced error that the Republicans need?