Have Conservatives Rescued Obama?

After a year of a stagnant economy, scandals, legislative failure, declining public approval, worries about the ObamaCare rollout, and the Syria fiasco, the Obama presidency appears to be on life support. The crackup of the coalition that elected and reelected him is no secret. The liberal media is no longer slavishly applauding his every move with Maureen Dowd, the New York Times’s queen of snark, noting today that the president has “lost the room” when it comes to connecting with his base. Even worse, in a key indicator of whether the president has crossed the boundary into lame-duck status, rank-and-file congressional Democrats are routinely defying him on all sorts of issues. With no chance of passing anything on his agenda this fall and having demonstrated conclusively with Syria that he is unable to deal with foreign crises, it should be a long, cold winter at the White House rendered even more bleak by the knowledge that what will follow in the 2014 midterms will likely make his final two years in office an even bigger nightmare.

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Have Conservatives Rescued Obama?

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A problem with no solution.

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Still the blackest Monday.

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Podcast: We will never be rid of the Clintons or the culture wars.

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The complex of a nation.

“I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to attack comedians,” said ABC’s “The View” host Joy Behar this week. “We’re on the right side of things . . . We’re important people right now.”

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Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

Giving up the ghost.

BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic.

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