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Politicians never let a good crisis go to waste

Politicians never let a good crisis go to waste

In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, the Democrats applied a law that serves them well: "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

So they used the bodies of the dead as leverage for their politics and framed the national debate in terms of gun control rather than terrorism inspired by the radical jihadists of Islamic State.

All that emotion about gun control, much of it sincere and thoughtfully offered, was nevertheless used by party operatives to herd voters for Hillary Clinton. It was about shaping the argument on their terms, about capturing the rage and fear out of Orlando and offering people a simple solution they could reach for.

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