According to a CNN/ORC international poll released Monday, 40 percent said they believe Obama can manage the federal government effectively. That’s a 12-percentage-point-drop since June, and the worst score he received among nine personal characteristics measured in the poll.…The poll found 53 percent said Obama is neither honest nor trustworthy—the first time a majority has held those views.
The reasons for this slide aren’t difficult to infer: in light of Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, the administration’s lavish promises in selling the law seem dishonest at best, delusional at worst. Obama’s critics have long faulted him for lack of managerial experience outside of running campaigns, a charge that has gained currency with recent revelations of White House dysfunction.The administration is likely to be the target of invasive media criticism and mainstream disapproval for some time, if this damning report in the NYT is any indication:
The prime contractor, CGI Federal, had long before concluded that the administration was blindly enamored of an unrealistic goal….The online exchange was crippled, people involved with building it said in recent interviews, because of a huge gap between the administration’s grand hopes and the practicalities of building a website that could function on opening day.CGI and other contractors complained of endlessly shifting requirements and a government decision-making process so cumbersome that it took weeks to resolve elementary questions, such as determining whether users should be required to provide Social Security numbers. Some CGI software engineers ultimately walked out, saying it was impossible to produce good work under such conditions.
The MSM has long been committed to this president’s success, but reporters are starting to smell blood. There are Pulitzers to be won by looking behind all the closed doors that have largely been ignored over the past five years. Worse still for the White House, the MSM and its ideological compatriots in the blue model base are starting to feel betrayed by this president. It was always unreasonable to invest such grandiose hope—and their own professional fortunes—in the administration of an untested leader. But Obama’s old allies are more likely to look on the White House with a jaundiced eye than to feel much chagrin about their own misjudgment.President Obama’s bungling of his signature legislative achievement is alienating his base in a big way. He can’t count on rapt reviews by a fawning press to come to his aid this time.[Photo of President Obama courtesy Getty Images.]