Doesn’t look like a good week coming up for beleaguered President Barack Obama.
The Supreme Court may hand down a decision that declares part or all of much-ballyhooed and largely ineffective health care “reform” bill unconstitutional.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
The Supremes may also inject more controversy into the already contentious debate on immigration with a politically-charged decision on Arizona’s politically-polarizing law.
Over at the Democratic National Committee, the lights burn late at night as strategists ponder new polling numbers that show Obama in trouble in North Carolina and Wisconsin and the race tight in other key swing states.
For Obama, the heat of a typical hot, humid Washington summer is nothing compared to the scorching he’s getting on all fronts. The burner is on high and the President’s butt is sitting right on it.
“Obama’s Presidency is in trouble,” a top Democratic stategist admitted ot Capitol Hill Blue over the weekend. “He faces problems not only from Republicans but from his own party.”
So how did it happen? How did a President with some of the highest approval ratings in modern times early in his Presidency plummet to crisis levels?
To borrow an old cliche from the Clinton days, it’s the economy, stupid. With millions of Americans out of work — many no longer even looking — and losing their homes, the promise they once saw in Obama has faded into a bitter, distant memory.
Many Americans who voted for Obama knew they were taking a chance on a freshman Senator with little practical experience.
It was — in their eyes — a gamble but they were desperate and took the bet.
And they lost.
Mitt Romney could easily steal a page from Ronald Reagan’s playbook from 1980 when the the Gipper faced first-termer Jimmy Carter in debate and asked a simple question: “Are better off now than you were four years ago.”
Americans are already asking themselves that question and the general answer is “hell no, we’re a lot worse off and things aren’t getting any better.”
But Obama’s failures alone won’t be enough to send him packing from his current public housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan. He can still blow the election and American voters are still not convinced that putting the country in the hands of another rich white guy is the answer when they see a political system corrupted by the wealth, power and greed of the rich white guys who already control the system.
Mitt Romney may be an alternative to Obama.
But is he really a choice?