Walter Mondale sums it up well, as does Cornell West - whatever magic the Prez had in 2008 is so far out of memory that the mojo is pretty much gone.
Not to say that our man in DC sold his soul completely. Not completely, maybe....
But what incredibly crappy choices he made as policy advisors (foreign policy was good, and he made some good (not great) court choices. But the rest of his advisers were really bad, overall).
Anyone who pays serious attention to anything Tom Daschle has to say about ANYTHING ought to have his head examined, especially after the way Mr. Daschle completely ran the Democratic Party into the mud, into oblivion. Daschle started out with a great Senate majority and he was such a terrible leader that by the end of his tenure, he himself couldn't get re-elected. He was an embarrassment, the quintessence of wimpiness, and as Arianna Huffington pointed out, on top of it all, there was more than an appearance of corruption - of having sold out to major airlines, and others.
'enough said about Tom Daschle, except that what kind of an ignoramus would still be listening to him now? A corrupt and incompetent leader of the Democrats who did nothing but lead them into shame and cowardice, to such an extent that Harry Reid, who is nothing to write home about, not even close, and has slightly any more backbone than Daschle had, somehow appeared to be the Democrats savior? That's how bad it got for the Dems, and most of it was Daschle's fault. So if Mr. Obama is listening to Daschle at all, we can understand why the nation's economy is such a dreadful mess.
To put it mildy, Obama has no chance at re-election if unemployment remains above 9%. And his advisors don't even have the slightest clue how they're going to change things in time to get Obama re-elected.
They are worse than Daschle, perhaps, and our President is such out of touch that he's not willing or able or even aware that his whole policy has been sinking like the Titanic. He seems to have no clue any more.
The rest of it - all you have to do is think of the names. Emmanuel had to resign because he did a poor job as Chief of Staff. If he had succeeded, we would all be sad that he's leaving, but we're not.
The same with Summers - past time to go - he should have left 15 months ago, and never should have been appoointed.
And Geithner - can you believe he even made it through his Senate confirmation hearings, when it turned out that he didn't even pay his full share of taxes? Yes, a true Wall Street insider, like Summers, he helped create the mess, didn't pay all of his taxes, and our President (must have been listening to Tom Daschle) had the poor judgement to appoint him the Treasury Secretary - yes the same Mr. Geithner who has done his damndest to prevent the President from appointing any progressives to economic leadership positions, has fought against Paul Volcker, and is basically a joke to most Americans.
It's sad - the President did show some ability in foreign policy, but his domestic policy has been a cruel joke, and he's still got people like Mr. Gibbs taunting the progressives, the President's own base, you would have thought. But our Prez seems to be above his base, and is so out of touch that here's our old friend Walter Mondale trying to wake him up, and get him to stop looking at the cameras and look at THE AMERICAN PEOPLE whom he's supposed to be talking to. Wake up, and stop listening to clowns like Daschle. As Shatner told us, and you back in the '70s: Get a Life (again)!