MILLINOCKET, Maine, September 2, 2013 — To find success in politics, domestically and internationally, you need to be a good magician; distract with one hand while the other is making its moves. If you are good at it, your audience will be amazed and entertained. But if you can’t pull it off, only your spouse and your mom will be impressed.
This is where President Obama finds himself today. The “red line” ploy in Syria has left him with his hands in his empty pockets, searching for something, anything to save his act.
Most of the international community doesn’t want any part of action in Syria. John Kerry was able to deliver France, but instead of pulling a rabbit out of a top hat, that’s more of a plucked duck in a beret.
Obama likes to beat on Congress as unworkable, but now it seems he wants their help. Suddenly his constitutional awareness comes to the fore, and he’s conferring with senators and representatives as if there never was a rift between them.
Maybe he really has lost his mo-jo this time. It appears that Obama’s magic is becoming more like desperate improv.
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