Are we seeing the start of the implosion of the Obama administration? I use the cheap question mark route because I can honestly say I don’t know. But I do watch. And news from around the horn is not good for BHO.
Obama’s had bad patches before, in fact, most of his Presidency has been a bad patch. Still he bounces between 44-49% approval. This is not where an incumbent wants to be but they’re not it’s all over but the counting numbers either. Nevertheless I submit these recent items:
- General Dempsey is none to pleased with the White House. When one of the generals trashes the White House to the press…it’s…uh…not a good sign.
- A special counsel into White House security leaks is being called for by both parties. The DOJ division that usually looks into leaks recused itself today. Why? The DOJ may be the source. (A possibility that is exceedingly easy to believe in this case.) Turns out those NYTimes stories about tough man Obama may be backfiring.
- Eric Holder’s position is fast becoming untenable. We don’t have deep throat – but we do have a mole. The GOP may well have found its 21st century Linda Tripp. This scandal is being parsed out for maximum effect – to buttress the incompetent White House meme.
- The parade of Democrats doing everything but cutting and delivering attacks ads for the GOP now includes Booker, Ford, Rendell, and Bill Clinton. Forget the backtracking. Clinton knows full well what he said initially is what will be in GOP ads this Fall. There’s no missing the subtext of all of this: A substantial segment of Democratic power players are not happy with Obama.
- Tuesday’s Battle of Wisconsin can’t honestly be seen as anything but VERY BAD NEWS for Obama. The template for a general election themed on competence has been drawn up voted on, and approved. And the Obama Democrats don’t even understand what happened. The topper being that Obama flew over the state twice, rather like W flying over Katrina wreckage, but couldn’t be bothered to touch down. Then, as if one middle finger wasn’t enough, he tweeted support for Barrett in the waning hours. Resentment among union leaders must be through the roof. Romney’s not dumb enough to stand too close to Walker. He is smart enough to choose a softer version of Walker as VEEP. Portman? Daniels? Rubio?
The last two items are inferred problems for Obama. The first three are very real. I do not know if we’re seeing a planned demolition or not. But don’t think for a second there’s no such thing as well thought out, planned demolitions in politics. They happen all the time. The defeat of Hillary Clinton was years in the making. What we are seeing from Obama’s antagonists recently has all the hallmarks of a planned demolition.