Oof. “Obama Team Punts Three Times on ‘Better Off Now’ Questions.”

Yikes. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) says that we’re not better off than we were four years ago. Doesn’t he know he is supposed to punt not fumble?

Yowser. From the left-leaning Ha’aretz: “The excessively harsh language used by the top U.S. officer is both insulting and counterproductive. Obama should use his speech at Democratic Convention to change Israeli perceptions of isolation. If I didn’t know any better I would assume that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey is trying to goad Israel into attacking Iran. Otherwise, why would he go to such great lengths to try and persuade them that Israel is on its own and can rely only on itself?”

Oops. Robert Gibbs on lack of enthusiasm. “Nobody is sitting up here saying this is 2008.” He then blames George W. Bush. Of course.

Ouch. Liberal narrative fails again. “Romney, Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007, fought to require single parents with children as young as a year old to work to get welfare benefits if they could obtain state-subsidized child care. He opposed efforts to allow time spent in job training or education programs to count toward the state’s 20-hour weekly work requirement for welfare recipients, and pushed for a five-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits. . . . Despite his tougher stand, Romney also tried to shield welfare benefits from budget cuts as the state struggled with sinking revenues.” (h/t Mickey Kaus)

Woops. “If Barack Obama is re-elected, the biggest challenge won’t be ideological: He’s not the left-winger his opponents depict. The economy will be the dominant issue, events will shape others. Instead, it may be personal, his political persona. Be it Democratic politicians or members of Congress, campaign contributors or business leaders, there is a common refrain: Obama doesn’t much identify with us, or even much respect what we do.” It’s almost like he’s out of touch and unsympathetic.

Uh-oh. I guess he failed. “Four years after promising a new era of bipartisanship, the president acknowledges falling short as a bridge builder.”