My Monday Washington Examiner column looks at the unfolding Obamacare disaster and concludes that it will combine with the president’s many foreign policy failures to assure his bottom-of-the-charts ranking when it comes to modern presidents.
We can hope that Syria’s use of chemical weapons against women and children will force the president to act against Assad (see Andrew Roberts’ argument why he must act) but he has so badly managed that nightmare that the aftermath of strikes against Assad is hard to imagine turning out well, and the president seems intent on deeply if not permanently damaging our relationship with Egypt even as he has abandoned Iraq and is in the process of walking away from Afghanistan. Putin’s open contempt for the president is just the most visible expression of a disdain widely held around the world.
He is a disaster, and it gets worse every day. The decision of UPS to cut loose 15,000 spouses from its health insurance is the sort of story that makes a mark on the public’s consciousness, so expect the reality of Obamacare to begin to drive down the president’s already falling numbers, but the GOP must not throw him a political lifeline by doing anything to give him an opportunity to try to shift the blame for these accumulating catastrophes on to anyone except himself. It is 14 months until the country gets to apologize to itself for this fiasco of a presidency, so it is best to just stay focused on the mid-terms and on the thought that this presidency too shall pass.