Clarice Feldman over at The American Thinker neatly captures the mood:
I think sentient Democrats are watching their party’s chances in 2012 slip away, and had they not made such a big deal of claiming all opposition to Obama was racist in motivation and effect, they would now be urging him to quit and seeking a new contender for his office. Like Coleridge’s ancient Mariner, however, they can only stand on deck with that albatross around their neck watching both the White House and the Senate slip from their grasp just as did so many state governorships and the House of Representatives.
In the meantime the Ship of State runs aground on the shoals of incompetence, corruption and laughable idiocy…
Ed Morrissey is also on the same wavelength, writing about the prospect of Obama not seeking a second term. Farfetched? Certainly…but it has happened before, most notably in 1968 when President Johnson surrendered to his foes (foreign and domestic) and withdrew from contention. For Democrats it is the summer of discontent – nothing has gone right, and nothing looks like it will go right…and none of them really know what to do about it.
Some liberals out there, I’m sure, are hoping that the downfall of the Gaddafi regime will give Obama a boost. It will – but not much, and not for long. Thing about “leading from behind” is that any attempt to take credit for success looks silly…as if you were afraid to stick your neck out, but them leap to the front, claiming credit when things work out. Also, if handing us bin Laden’s head on a platter only gave Obama a temporary boost, the downfall of Gaddafi doesn’t look to do more than move the needle for a a day or two (yesterday, Rasmussen had Obama approval/disapproval at 44/55…we’ll watch and see).
It must feel a bit like being in a car driven by a maniac…you want to reach out and grab the wheel, but you’re afraid if you do, the car will crash. All sensible Democrats must realize by now that Obama was massively oversold. Also, that the concept of spending money to cure a recession/depression leaves much to be desired. Having now a clearly unfit leader and an economy which can only be fixed by ditching 80 years of liberal politico-economic policy, they are rather boxed in. They have to stay in the car, they have to let Obama hold the wheel…and they have to defend policies which have clearly failed. Can’t be fun for them.
Unless there is an unforeseen turn around in our economic picture there is a huge hurdle to Obama being re-elected next year (stories that his personal popularity will trump distaste for his actual policies are asinine…no one will re-elect a likeable failure). How Democrats will play it remains to be seen…but if by May of next year you start seeing Obama fund raising drying up while Senate Democrats are awash in cash, then you know what has happened: the party is writing off Obama and trying to keep the GOP below 60 Senators, if not out of the majority.
And, of course, Morrissey could be right – Obama might quit. About 1000-1 again, but it is a real possibility. So, too, is a real primary challenge. It could get mighty interesting next year (we’ll leave the prospect of a GOP split – and still having a GOP victory – for another day).