Much has been said about the shrinking Obama presidency. And as we approach the Sunday shows, I’m eager to hear what Obama insiders and allies have to say about the events and revelations of the last few days. The White House can’t regain momentum unless it can admit there is a problem. But it remains to be seen if this White House is detached and self-aware enough to see itself clearly or if it is so insular and fanatically devoted to President Obama that no one can see that the presidency and the country are drifting.
The main topics this weekend will be Egypt, Edward Snowden and the White House decision to delay the employer mandate in Obamacare. And, to the White Houses’ relief, there may be some discussion about the comparatively encouraging jobs report. No one should expect any White House staffers to publicly say the ship is sinking, but it will be interesting to see if anyone says anything that suggests he knows they need to change course.
Maybe in the Sunday papers and on the Sunday shows we’ll find out what school of thought has the upper hand in the White House: The group that convinced the president that the implementation of Obamacare was collapsing and that he needed to buy some time to live to fight another day, or the camp that believes in the laughable talking points memo about Valerie Jarrett that was revealed this week in Mark Leibovich’s new book, “This Town.” The jaw-dropping, tone-deaf Jarrett memo was not written by a capable Washington suck-up, but by a delusional Obamaphile. It is so starry-eyed and pathetic it will make your toes curl. It is alarming to think that advisers to the president of the United States would actually think that memo was effective guidance for those speaking on the record.
So who is in charge? The clear thinkers who bailed out Obamacare this week or the delusional Obamaphiles who wrote the Jarrett memo? Hopefully by Monday we’ll have a better indication.