CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. OBAMA: The civil-rights revolution was something of my parentsâ€™ generation, not mine â€” my dad marched at Selma, but I was learning to walk, talk and eat at the time, skills I found useful in later life, but . . . . Still, whether or not you voted for Barack Obama, this is a watershed moment. I find that my overwhelming feeling for him right now is sympathy, though, as it was for President Bush. Bill Clinton probably realizes just how lucky he was to be President during a period where things were relatively calm. I fear that wonâ€™t be Obamaâ€™s lot, as it wasnâ€™t Bushâ€™s, though I hope Iâ€™m wrong.
If circumstances manage to hobble Obama’s presidency, I will consider us lucky.Â Many on the left seem eager to reassure us that Obama will not spend his political capital going after guns, but I am not so sure.Â We will see.