The NRSC's latest web ad hits Obama hard, using his own words about George W. Bush to highlight the failed leadership of Obama's presidency. The criticism intertwined from the White House news network MSNBC and James Carville reinforces a suggestion even the left can't deny his failures any more. Peggy Noonan made a similar point in today's Wall Street Journal:
What continues to fascinate me is Mr. Obama's standing with Democrats. They don't love him. Half the party voted for Hillary Clinton, and her people have never fully reconciled themselves to him. But he is what they have. They are invested in him. In time—after the 2010 elections go badly—they are going to start to peel off. The political operative James Carville, the most vocal and influential of the president's Gulf critics, signaled to Democrats this week that they can start to peel off. He did it through the passion of his denunciations.Noonan can't see a way for Obama to recover. I am not ruling out the media rallying to his defense when the reality of a GOP takeover becomes a little too much for them to contemplate. The lesson for Noonan and the rest of the media should be obvious, however. You can't cheerlead a political lightweight to competence. Never Again, indeed:
The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It's not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of "the indispensble nation" be so weakened.