Barack Obama’s presidency is in deep trouble, his signature legislative achievement is floundering and our friends, allies and enemies have the impression his administration is confused and in disarray.
And the worst part of all this tzoris is that despite their best (or worst) efforts, Republicans had little or nothing to do with it — Obama is the victim of self-inflicted wounds.
Nixon had Watergate, Clinton had Monica, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Bush 41 had “read my lips, his son had Katrina and Iran, and now Obama has “if you like your insurance plan you can keep it.”
The United States looks weak and ineffective as turmoil spreads in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Syria. US-Israel relations, after a brief uptick earlier this year, are again in the pits as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the administration of being overeager to cut a nuclear deal with Iran.
Making matters worse, the Saudis and some other Gulf Arabs are siding with Israel on this one.
The administration is scrambling to repair the Obamacare website, get a credible deal with Iran that will have the clear support of the American people, and, with a change in Senate rule, clear up the backlog in administrative and judicial appointments.
Obama has less than a year to turn things around if he wants to prevent the Republicans taking control of the Senate and enlarging their House majority in next year’s election.