Super Bowl week tends to bring out those timeless political pigskin metaphors. As the Senate Judiciary holds a hearing on gun violence Wednesday, lawmakers and pundits from both sides are once again discussing the emotionally-charged issue of gun reform, as well as reacting to President Obama’s comments on immigration in Las Vegas Tuesday. Prominent Obama critic and right wing mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh blasted the President’s immigration push with an interesting football comparison, saying “Even Reagan was fooled by the first amnesty bill. … Yesterday we had to get rid of our guns. Today we gotta grant amnesty. … They’re running the no-huddle offense on us. We don’t even have time to catch our breath. They’re running play after play after play.” Limbaugh’s comments came after an interview with Senator Marco Rubio, who along with the bipartisan “Gang of 8” is pressing for his own immigration reform initiative. Rubio said in a statement Tuesday he was “concerned” by President Obama’s proposal. The no huddle offense is often an effective tool for wearing down a defense and putting an opponent off balance. But it has its drawbacks too. Take the Jim Kelly-led Buffalo Bills of the early 1990s, a team able to score a lot of points, but never able to get over the hump in the Super Bowl, losing four straight. Will the Obama Administration’s playbook suffer similar limitations? Or will its legislative agenda keep the GOP winded and vulnerable? We will ask Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro and the panel when we see you at noon ET on msnbc.
Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post (@ryangrim)
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor, The Nation (@katrinanation)
David Carr, Business Columnist, Culture Reporter, The New York Times (@carr2n)
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-TX
Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ) (@billpascrell)
Chris Nowinski, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University