After the 2010 election, the question was asked, “Can Obama pull off the same recovery Clinton did when he lost control of Congress?” This ghost of Presidencies past was probably haunting the Republican Party during the latest row on raising the debt ceiling. It may have been a factor in the apparent paralysis that gripped establishment Republicans during the negotiations.
The economy and associated unemployment is the main issue, but there are numerous other reasons why the American people are upset to the point where we are probably looking at the death throws of a one term Presidency. The latest polls have him at his lowest approval levels ever. There have been a growing number of reports that he is losing support of blacks, Hispanics, as well as conservative Democrats.The influence of the Tea Party is going to be a major factor in the next election, perhaps to a greater extent than in the last. These people are smelling blood in the water and are determined to make major changes. They have learned from past mistakes and will be a force to be reasoned with.
And lastly, and very importantly, the media are growing a little tired of making the effort of finding excuses for him. It is even reported that Chris Mathews is loosing that tingle up his leg. This may help Chris to get an uninterrupted nights sleep, but it is a real bummer for the Administration.