What is surprising, though, is the all-too-rare degree of honesty about the administration's means and motives, and its measure of what really matters:
The White House said that to avoid being accused of capitalizing on the Arizona shootings for political gain, Obama will address the gun issue in a separate speech, likely early next month.
Read that again carefully.
The problem, evidently, is not actually capitalizing on the Arizona shootings for political gain. The problem would be to be accused of doing so.
Not to worry. The President's advisers have concluded that we are all such sieve-brained morons that in another couple of weeks we'll all be shocked, shocked, that there is politics going on here.