Charles Krauthammer managed to stun a Fox News panel into silence on Thursday when he said President Obama just wants "cash" instead of new gun control laws.
The "Special Report" panel was discussing Obama's struggles to get tougher laws on the books. All were agreeing that he was bound to be disappointed. But Krauthammer provoked a full three seconds of silence--an eternity in television time--when he said, "All he wants now is the money."
"You don't really mean that," host Chris Wallace eventually said. Krauthammer made it clear that he did.
"He's lost on gun control," he said. "...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."