With the Supreme Court poised to rule on Washington, D.C.’s, gun ban, the Obama campaign is disavowing what it calls an “inartful” statement to the Chicago Tribune last year in which an unnamed aide characterized Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as believing that the DC ban was constitutional.
“That statement was obviously an inartful attempt to explain the Senator’s consistent position,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton tells ABC News.
The statement which Burton describes as an inaccurate representation of the senator’s views was made to the Chicago Tribune on Nov. 20, 2007.
Given Obama’s own words in the past, Geraghty notes this explanation for Obama’s total reversal on the D.C. gun ban is incredibly dubious. Further, ABC News’s Jake Tapper observed back in May that there has been at least 14 instances where Obama blamed his staff, often anonymously, for misrepresenting his views and being responsible for other campaign mistakes.
So the question for Obama is, “Do you consider your staff to be generally competent? Because if they are, it appears they are frequently scapegoated as your views evolve in politically expedient ways.”
Ok fine — maybe that question is a bit loaded, but surely someone in the press corps is smart and ambitious enough to find a way to tactfully address Obama’s problem here, right? [Crickets chirping]