Karl Rove delivers his typical trenchant analysis of the deep political trouble surrounding President Obama.
Karl included the obligatory “many voters still personally like Mr. Obama” disclaimer, but I think it would be accurate to say that “people still tell pollsters that they like him,” which recognizes that a lot of people don’t want to be understood to be critical on all levels of the first African-American president. That reluctance to blast the president works to mask the his overall weakness. But as Mitt Romney said in the debate a week ago Monday, this is a failed president, and most people have made up their minds on that score.
Last night’s speech in which the president telegraphed to the Taliban that all they need do is wait until 2014 and the road to Kabul will be clear was another example of the president’s lack of strategic vision and core competencies. His declaration that the country has to “live within its means” when he and his party have failed to provide anything like a meaningful budget or anything approaching a path to entitlement reform was risible, and his “America, it is time for national building at home” line was either merely incoherent or a call for another massive stimulus, right after he called for the country to live within its means.
The Obama experiment has failed and he will be turned out in 2012 if the GOP nominates a credible alternative of demonstrated character and capacity as well as an express attachment to the Constitution and American exceptionalism.