Rich Galen

· Edward Snowden stole the entire NSA playbook and ended up, for all we know drinking vodka with maraschino cherries from a safe haven in Russia.

· Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in a military coup.

· President Obama completely booted the Syria issue, being outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin (again) when Bashir al-Assad killed more than a thousand of his own people using chemical weapons.

· The opening of ObamaCare has been a complete bust.

Yet, since all of those ills have befallen the President his approval rating, according to Gallup, has fallen from 48% to 43%. Not good, but not exactly a runaway elevator, either.

The point is, there will be a lot of crises, a lot of events requiring "Special Reports" on the cable news channels; a lot of tragedies and comedies in the human condition between now and November 2014.

If the GOP wants to avoid more embarrassing defeats, it needs to be honest about how far the President will go - where the Pickens Lines are.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at