Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer seemed to render his fellow Fox News panelists momentarily speechless after he said President Barack Obama has lost the main gun control battle and "all he wants now is the money."
Krauthammer made the comment during Fox News' "Special Report" after National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg said Obama likely won't even get a vote on the majority of new gun control measures he wants.
"All he wants now is the money," Krauthammer said to several seconds of total silence.
"You don't really mean that," host Chris Wallace finally broke in.
"He's lost on gun control," Krauthammer insisted, saying that even if the bill includes expanded background checks -- the "last item standing" -- it's "not going to make any difference."
"Knowing all that, he is out there now exploring it as an issue. He is not going to get the solution he wanted, so he'll make an issue. And that's the way he operates. He does it on immigration. He does it on a lot of stuff. If you can't win on a solution or get your way, you turn it into cash. He is excellent at turning stuff into cash."
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