The end of the road for Barack Obama?
A thrashing of the Democrats in the mid-terms would not necessarily be the beginning of the end for Mr Obama: Bill Clinton was re-elected two years after the Republicans swept the House and the Senate in November 1994. But Mr Clinton was an operator in a way Mr Obama patently is not. His lack of experience, his dependence on rhetoric rather than action, his disconnection from the lives of many millions of Americans all handicap him heavily. It is not about whose advice he is taking: it is about him grasping what is wrong with America, and finding the will to put it right. That wasted first year, however, is another boulder hanging from his neck: what is wrong needs time to put right. The country's multi-trillion dollar debt is barely being addressed; and a country engaged in costly foreign wars has a President who seems obsessed with anything but foreign policy – as a disregarded Britain is beginning to realise.A little further up in the article was this little gem: Mr Obama benefited in his campaign from an idiotic level of idolatry, in which most of the media participated with an astonishing suspension of cynicism.
I seem to remember some idiotic idolatry of Obama coming from our friends across the pond in run up to the election but these days the love is waning if not altogether gone. Jackson Diehl reported in the Washington Post that when he asked several senior administration officials which foreign leader Obama had formed a bond with nobody named Great Britain's Gordon Brown. In what may be a very scary peek in to Obama's soul the name they were able to come up with was Russia's Dmitry Medvedev. Not exactly comforting.
Obama may believe that America doesn't need no stinkin' friends. From all appearances, Great Britain may be happy to oblige.