Within hours of the shootings at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard Monday, Barack Obama took to the airwaves to amongst other things attack Republicans.
On Fox News’s Special Report, Brit Hume said, “I think that this president tends to engage in partisan attacks from the platform at the White House more than any president I can remember.”
BRIT HUME: Bret, I think a lot more people saw the criticism of the Republicans just now on your program than saw it live because…
BRET BAIER: Cable networks had pulled off.
HUME: Three cable networks, main, you know, straight news cable networks as opposed to business networks had all dumped out as you suggest. They were not, he was, he was talking to C-SPAN and people online. And so not that many people heard it, which I think is probably good for him.
I think that this president tends to engage in partisan attacks from the platform at the White House more than any president I can remember. Usually when a president does this, it’s vague. You speak of “those who this” or “some who say” and all that. He’s talking about the party and he attacks the Republican Party with regularity.
I don't think it's it particularly attractive, but I do think this: he wants this fight. He wants this fight, and he wants shutdown in the middle of it, and he will talk about it and attribute to talking about it to everybody else. Republicans are talking about “We want to keep the government open but we want to shut down ObamaCare." They’re not saying they want to shut the government down, those who are.
So, he wants this fight because he thinks it's a loser for Republicans, and on that count I think he’s right.