Here are two things that caught my eye in Ed's post, that to me, signal the end for Obama.
And with all that going on, Jennifer Rubin asks the 6.4 Trillion Dollar Question: “When Do They Tune Out?”
There is a point in a presidency when the public simply has had enough and tunes out, unwilling to listen even when the president says sensible things or has a reasonable point to make in his own defense. For George W. Bush, it was Katrina. The question for Obama is how close to that point is he now, and will the next bad news week push him over the edge.
Toby Harnden writes:
Central to Obama’s appeal was his promise to be truly different. His failure to achieve that is now at the core of the deep disappointment Americans feel about him. At the press conference — the first full-scale affair he had deigned to give for 309 days — he appeared uncomfortable and petulant. … Obama engaged in the obligatory populist bashing of Big Oil and, of course, demonstrated the Obama administration’s version of Tourette’s Syndrome, blaming the previous administration for the situation when, by my reckoning, it’s a full 16 months since Bush left office.
Obama has no where to run now - campaigning is over - time to lead - but Obama can't. No one should be surprised by this. Nowhere in Obama's background is there the slightest hint that Obama could lead anything. He was simply elected on hope and change. Hope didn't work and now we see there is no change.
From the failed lack of transparency promises to the final nail in the coffin, Obama's backroom deals to deny citizens the candidates of their choice. The American people are the most tolerant and forgiving people on the planet, but, they won't suffer a con job like Obama.