Politico: D.C. turns on Obama

This is encouraging, no doubt, but I have trouble believeing this will continue.  The Washington political establishment simply has too much vested in this guy to completely throw him under the bus.  But let’s enjoy it while it lasts:

The town is turning on President Obama – and this is very bad news for this  White House.

Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama – and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now.  Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are  starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn  lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.

Buy-in from all three D.C. stakeholders is an essential  ingredient for a good old fashioned Washington pile-on — so get ready for bad  stories and public scolding to pile-up.

Vernon Jordan, a close adviser to President Bill Clinton through his darkest  days, told us: “It’s never all right if you’re the president. There is no smooth  sailing. So now he has the turbulence, and this is the ultimate test of his  leadership.” Jordan says Obama needs to do something dramatic on the IRS, and  quick: “He needs to fire somebody. He needs action, not conversation.”

Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little  reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of  being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on  matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have  all worked together to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support  system. “It feel like they don’t know what they’re here to do,” a former senior  Obama administration official said. “When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.”

And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.


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