We learned from the Labor Department this morning the U.S. economy created no jobs in August. That’s right, zero, which is about the same amount of confidence the president is inspiring in an increasingly anxious and unhappy citizenry. This is more (alarming) evidence America may be heading for another recession.
It’s of course hard to know who and what Obama will blame for this depressing jobs report. But here are some oldies but goodies to choose from: the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami, events in Europe, ATMs, the Tea Party, the GOP, S&P, Congress, the separation of powers, and his predecessor. Just to freshen things up a bit, the president might add Hurricane Irene to the list.
I have thought for some time if things get bad enough soon enough, a primary challenge against Obama is not out of the question. It remains unlikely – but bear in mind Obama is turning into a one man wrecking ball when it comes to the Democratic Party. He is already the architect of the worst mid-term election for a party since right around the mid-point of the last century. So we know what his potential for damage in 2012 is.
As the economy continues to sink, so will the president’s poll ratings and the fortunes of his party. And so in more and more Democratic hearts, and increasingly on more and more Democratic lips, you will hear the soft whisper, “O Hillary, Hillary! Wherefore art thou Hillary?”