Even the Washington Post
admits that President Obama has confused himself on Afghanistan, and is putting off important decisions. Yet he is able to call global warming an urgent
problem, and also be willing to interfere in state politics
(and not only in New York). While he does have Rahm Emmanuel's help with this, so he has McChrystal's help with Afghanistan. While Rahm Emmanuel is not likely to resign if he doesn't get his way, McChrystal might. Both were appointed by Obama. I also note that he has been talking in public for almost a week, and yet hasn't been able to move the football down field regarding health care, never mind being less than straighforward on ACORN matters, just to cite one example. If I were advising him, I would tell him that this is dangerous stuff. My point is merely this: While perception is not everything in politics, it does mean something. He is starting to be perceived as indecisive and ineffectual, and even somewhat disingenious. If public opinion moves this way what is left of his authority will dissappear.
12:17 PM / September 22, 2009