The Obama White House is in disarray, hamstrung by internal strife, bogged down with mixed messages and stalled by a general lack of direction.
Even President Barack Obama‘s signature health care reform is on life support, eaten away by segments that aren’t working.
The administration’s decision last week to scrap a long-term health care insurance program — a key part of the Obama package — signals growing concern inside the White House that things just aren’t working out the way they hoped.
“The Obama White House is in trouble, there’s no doubt about that,” says Democratic political operative Gary Northridge.
Faced with plummeting job approval ratings, Obama is scrambling to find a way to recapture the magic of his historic 2008 campaign but political pros tell the President that his rhetoric no longer works on a public weary of promises without results.
“The President has failed to deliver too many times and he is out of political capital,” says Florida Obama supporter David Brooks.
White House insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that the President has grown moody, withdrawn and unwilling to listen to criticism.
“There’s a tenseness now that wasn’t here a year ago,” says one West Wing staffer who asked not to be identified. “Everybody’s worried.”
Although Obama continues to lead in head-to-head polls, the support is soft and worries about the economy continue to drive down his numbers.
“There’s a feeling out there that somebody — anybody — can do better,” says Democratic campaign worker Noreen Donaldson of Nevada. “We’ve got to do something soon or next year will be a disaster.
Sources say strategists are burning the midnight oil at the Democratic National Committee and gallows humor has taken over staff meetings.
“The question of the day is ‘if your resume up to date?” says one DNC staff member.