Having spent most of Thursday travelling from San Diego to Boston, I had the distinct displeasure of watching cable news. First point: it still sucks. But the constant theme was that Obama is on the defensive about the BP oil rig blowout. Sure, it’s stupid, although I think Obama was too ready to rely on BP’s expertise (eveni f you don’t believe that parts of the operation could be handled by the government, then bring in other oil companies for advice).
But a problem Obama faces is that, on issue after issue, he has fallen far short of what the rank-and-file wanted (and often what he ran on in the campaign), when he hasn’t flat out adopted conservative talking points (or the equally useless ‘third way’ rhetoric). Right now, it would be really helpful to have a committed core fighting for him–and not solely because they are afraid that the Republican alternative is worse.
Too bad he fucked that up, I guess.