Barack Obama is in a slump. There's no other way to explain the stream of bad news flowing out of the Administration like a … BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Let's start with the BP well. After spending a half day in Louisiana a week ago, not much appears to have changed - other than for the worse.
The attempt to cap the well failed the day after Obama's visit, even though two days earlier, optimistic reports (which just happened to coincide with Obama's first press conference since last summer) were being released that the drilling mud appeared to be having some positive effect.
Yesterday, there were reports of an oil sheen visible off the coast of northwest Florida (that's the part in the Central time zone students of recent political history will no doubt remember). It's one thing to wreck the wetlands and fisheries off Louisiana. It's something else again to coat the seashore and the seashells along the tony west coast of Florida - Naples and like that - with a layer of viscous oil.
Now comes word that the spill might not be capped before December which, according to my calendar is after the important mid-term elections which will be held on November 2.
Next, the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich began with jury selection yesterday. According to the Associated Press:
"Lawyers for Blagojevich have subpoenaed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel as a witness at his corruption trial, attorneys close to the case and a White House official say."
Whoa! Check please!
Hasn't Rahm Emanuel's name has also been linked to the potentially illegal job offers to Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania and Andrew Romanoff of Colorado to keep them out of primary races against Obama-backed incumbents?
I have no idea whether those offers will rise to the level of felonies, but having the White House press secretary having to answer questions about the role of the White House chief of staff in what may be a pattern illegal behavior is not helpful to "changing the narrative."
I kind of like Rahm, so I am not rooting for him to be in legal trouble, but if he has all these jobs in his back pocket, maybe he should think about handing some of them out to a few of the 14.8 million Americans who are looking for one of them.
Speaking of unemployment, that's another intractable issue dogging Obama. According to the Pew Charitable Trust
"More than three million Americans have been out of work for at least a year, according to a new analysis of unemployment data."