Let's check in on those who generally support President Barack Obama, just to see how they're feeling this weekend.
That was Michael Tomasky, writing in The Daily Beast about "a president adrift." The just-concluded week has thoroughly dismayed many who backed the president's agenda, and who he may need to entice to support his reelection campaign in 2012. The about-face on smog regulations that sets them back to pre-George W. Bush levels. The weird, embarrassing stare-down with Speaker of the House John Boehner on the scheduling of a jobs-related speech. Bleak statistic after bleak statistic about the nation's failure to generate job growth when it sorely needs it.
The president's erstwhile allies are united in bafflement.
"Obama campaigned big, but he's governing small," Larry Hanley, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, told the Associated Press, shortly before Obama and labor officials are scheduled to mark Labor Day with a joint rally. There's significant unrest among union heads, the AP said, with some "grousing that the president they worked so hard to elect has not focused enough on job creation and other bold plans to get their members back to work."
Maureen Dowd runs down the list of jokes at the exasperated president's expense (in a column titled "One and Done?"):
This seeming fecklessness is what is so worrisome to Tomasky and others, who would prefer, his breaches of party priority notwithstanding, that Obama win a second term. (Also worrisome: Semi-permanent 9 percent unemployment is no good as policy or politics.)
The impressive, efficient campaign seems to be foundering on the hard work of actually making an administration operate. "I keep thinking back lately to that candidate and team I watched in 2008," Tomasky writes.