Ed Driscoll

The Collapse of the Obama Presidency

“How bad has 2013 been for Barack Obama? Let us count the ways.” And Peter Wehner of Commentary is happy to do just that:

In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation–and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address–and nothing has happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration–and he failed. He’s been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it’s turning out to be a “train wreck” (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice. The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one. Immigration reform is going nowhere. And then there’s Syria, which has turned out to be an epic disaster. (To be sure, Mr. Obama’s Middle East failures go well beyond Syria–but Syria is the most conspicuous failure right now).

In watching the Obama presidency dissolve before our eyes, there is a cautionary tale to be told. Every presidency falls short of the expectations that the candidate sets. But no man has ever promised more and delivered less than the current occupant of the Oval Office.

All of which is why as Jonathan S. Tobin writes today at Commentary, Partisanship Is All Obama Has Left.” And just imagine how much more dramatic and magnified the collapse would be if we didn’t have a media that’s completely enthrall to the Obama regime, so much so that even before the man took office, they sacrificed sales and credibility to leftwing boosterism on his behalf:


And as the media continues to spiral into the ground along with the president it created, watch for their intertwined Red Queen’s Race to the bottom to continue to grow exponentially more ugly.

(Via JammieWearingFool.)

Related: Victor Davis Hanson on Syria as “Obama’s Box Canyon.” “To paraphrase Tacitus, when they make a mess, they call it diplomacy,” VDH concludes. But Tacitus had never met men pulling themselves in as many “for-gainst it” directions as Barack Obama and John Kerry.

It seems like the Obama administration just keeps shooting itself in the foot — sometimes, literally.