Quote of the Day: The Feeling Grows That Obama May be One Term President
Our political Quote of the Day comes from The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza who notes that the perception has started to grow that Barack Obama may be a one-term President:
It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Obama.
Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama, Mitt Romney is outraising him, Democrats and Republicans alike are complaining about a “cascade” of national-security leaks from his administration, and he is now on record as saying that the “private sector is doing fine.”
Could it get any worse?
Early Monday morning, Obama learned that it could. His aides delivered the news to him that his commerce secretary had been cited for a felony hit-and-run after allegedly crashing his car three times over the weekend. In one incident, the previously obscure Cabinet officer apparently rear-ended a Buick, spoke to the car’s occupants, then hit the vehicle again as he left.
Cillizza gives more details about this case but then gets to our Quote of the Day:
For the White House, it was just the latest entry in the when-it-rains-it-pours ledger. This has been one of the worst stretches of the Obama presidency. In Washington, there is a creeping sense that the bottom has fallen out and that there may be no second term. Privately, senior Obama advisers say they are no longer expecting much economic improvement before the election.
I’ll repeat what I have said many times over the past few years: no, Team Obama cannot be compared to the legendary political teams that helped get FDR, JFK and Bill Clinton in office. Now a series of external and self-inflicted factors are exposing the team’s underlying political weakness. Democrats must long for the days of James Carville and the War Room. This could change — but no sign of it yet.