Republicans are hammering President Obama over his handling of a failed gun-tracking operation and the ensuing contempt vote of his attorney general, even as national polls show that the majority of voters see the moves as largely political.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) hit Obama Friday for not taking more responsibility for the problems in his administration, saying that he’s unfairly attacking GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record as a chief executive of a private equity firm when he has “scandals” of his own.

“Obama says he is responsible for what happens under his watch, but won’t answer for the scandals that have plagued his administration,” said the RNC in an e-mail blast.

The RNC pointed to “Fast and Furious” as a key example. The botched operation was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and authorized the sale of nearly 2,000 weapons to known straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels. It may have contributed to the killing of a Border Patrol agent.

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