Obama’s fall from grace

Perhaps you haven’t been watching, or maybe even that you only watch Fox News, but if you venture out a bit, you’ll find Obama isn’t faring too well even amongst the most liberal of media. It seems few are willing to take up his cause anymore, and the bandwagon has journalists dangling from wanting to catch a ride out of the Oval Office.

The latest – and quite compelling – writing comes from Mark Halperin, a senior political analyst for Time magazine. Titled Why Obama is Losing the Political War, Halperin makes a quick cut to the chase:

Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November’s elections.

Really, you should take a moment to go read it, then come back for the discussion.

There’s a movie I love to watch with the youngest where a character shows up at the star’s party a little earlier than invited. “Surpeese” the French actress says as she announces her arrival.

Obama’s propensity to misstep is no “surpreese.” There were a whole lot of us out here who absolutely saw his style coming. Halperin is so bold as to say the White House is, “in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.”

I read Obama’s book, remember? The man fabricated his life because it was easier to tell the story that way. He provides a disclaimer explaining some characters have been combined or not accurately portrayed, not that you wanted the real story or anything.

So two years later the people – all of them, left, center, and right – are discovering the man isn’t exactly making a connection. Organizing is Obama’s forte, not connecting.

It will be interesting to see if this newfound willingness to criticize such a chosen one will continue. Personally, I see it as an effort for various reporters to distance themselves prior to November’s mid-term elections. But that could backfire.

I see Halperin as hedging a bet he can remain viable and influential even after November’s showing, which is expected to be a trouncing. I hate to be the wet blanket on the fiery passion of conservative politics, but I’m not so sure the end is so clear. While I’m convinced America will move more toward my favorite position of gridlock, I kind of doubt we’re looking at more than one simple majority in the house.

Still, it’s enough to give me hope, and evidently a few columnists heartburn over the loyalty they’ve show to the dear leader in the past. You see, Halperin’s piece just last April is titled, The Secrets of Obama’s Underappreciated Success.

But, critics notwithstanding, the President is on a path to be a huge success by the time of November’s midterm elections.

Ah, politics.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    Amen. Halperin nails it. One of the President’s own, after over two years, wakes up one morning and realizes the President is inept at his job. You see, ineptness cuts both ways, you can’t hide it.

    I agree with you that Halperin’s motivations are many and perhaps self serving–but at least he’s stating the obvious.

  2. Dan (not Vegas or H) says:

    Evidence that the liberal media is capable of being objective. Objectivity implies unbiased reporting. See, being liberal ain’t so bad after all. And judging by Bertrand Russell’s definition, I’d say ‘it’s a good thing’.

    “The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    Or put another way, “whichever way the wind blows”. And one reporter does not the liberal media make-but it’s a start.

  4. I wouldn’t even call him a reporter. Columnist, maybe.