Does Obama need to be more ruthless?

“After more than four years in the Oval Office, the president has rarely demonstrated an appetite for ruthless politics that instills fear in lawmakers,” noted a New York Times article about how President Obama is unlikely to “punish” lawmakers who voted against gun-control legislation. “That raises a broader question: If he cannot translate the support of 90 percent of the public for background checks into a victory on Capitol Hill, what can he expect to accomplish legislatively for his remaining three and a half years in office?”