In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama committed himself to an ambitious gun control package with little chance of passing either house of Congress. Yesterday, the Senate defeated what little was left of it after compromises failed even to win the votes of all Democrats. The President, surrounded by families from Newtown and other gun control advocates, made no secret of his personal anger. This was a bitter defeat that could foreshadow the slow decline suffered by so many presidents after celebrating their second elections. That's according to Glenn Thrush of Politico.