The summer is essentially over, and the Obama White House probably couldn’t be happier after dealing with one crisis after another. Ukraine. ISIS. The VA. Ferguson. But the chief result of this tough summer -- which has sent President Obama’s approval ratings to the low 40s (and maybe even lower) -- is a White House that’s second-guessing itself. It’s divided over using military force in Syria to combat ISIS. It’s conflicted over whether to announce executive action on immigration before or after the midterms (Obama last week seemed to signal that he would be punting). And it’s unsure where and how to campaign in the fall midterms. This kind of second-guessing always happens when the goings get tough. But it’s never helpful when all this is happening 63 days -- or 9 weeks -- before a big Election Day. Obama seems to be keeping his own counsel more than ever. That is frustrating a lot of longtime aides who worry he is more in a bubble. And the nervousness among the outside advisers is contributing to the uncertainty inside the West Wing.And thus NBC News (no, its not Fox) would have you believe that the Obama administration is lacking in confidence as we head into the 2014 midterms. Clearly they didn't watch the same speech the rest of us did from President Obama in Milwaukee yesterday.
- Apparently the Associated Press thinks the White House knows EXACTLY where its going to campaign over the next few weeks.
- The fact that the President's advisors might not agree about what to do in Syria is nothing new...been going on since the civil war there started three years ago.
- And you KNOW this same media would have been howling about how President Obama doesn't work with House/Senate Democrats if he hadn't at least been willing to listen to their arguments about putting off action on immigration until after the midterms.