COMMENTARY | President Obama is coming in for some harsh and even personal criticism from quarters that have previously been more supportive for things ranging from his delay of the Keystone XL pipeline to his foreign policy.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline indefinitely “gutless.” The decision is widely seen as a gambit to appease wealthy environmentalists who are generous campaign contributors to the Democratic Party. But the decision was made at the expense of labor unions, also Democratic Party supporters, which have looked forward to the jobs the pipeline will bring, thus far in vain.
In the meantime, according to Mediaite, David Brooks, a New York Times columnist suggested that Obama has a “manhood problem” where it comes to the Middle East. World leaders who have tended to be problems, ranging from Bashir Assad to Vladimir Putin, have concluded that Obama is just not tough enough to stop them.
What makes this remarkable is that Brooks, albeit nominally a Republican, was once effusive in his praise of Obama, even going so far as the praise the crease of his pants. “He can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he can do the politics. I think he’s more talented than anyone in my lifetime. I mean, he is pretty dazzling when he walks into a room.” From that to someone who is not really altogether a man is a remarkable transition.
This suggests that Obama is entering the final stage of a meltdown in which his power to win friends and influence people has just about dissipated. To be sure there will always been Obama supporters, even after the midterms, who are motived out of party loyalty or perceived self-interest. But the numbers of people who will support him out of love are rapidly becoming close to zero.