Daily Telegraph considers President Obama to now be a "lame duck president" in this extract.
"Barack Obama is a lame-duck president. Nobody listens to what he says anymore, nobody is interested in winning his approval and nobody much cares if he thinks they have “let the country down”. This is typical for a second-term president who has lost all their leverage because they’re no longer running for office and everybody is patiently waiting for the day when he quits the White House.
But Obama's difficult personality has doubled the size of the challenge. Gloating in victory, adolescent in defeat – the Prez doesn’t make it easy to work with him. Why should conservative senators give him a legislative victory after he has spent four years painting them as knuckle-dragging rednecks who hate women and the poor?
Whatever your position on gun control, yesterday’s events are a damning indictment of Obama’s presidency – a flash of style, lots of soaring rhetoric and, when the votes are actually counted, little show for any of it. America has four more years of this lame-duck president telling them that it has let him down. If only he could tear up the Constitution and rule by diktat he might save himself a little disappointment. Alas, American democracy is a stickler for rules."
All the radical leftist blogs which bubbled up from the sub stratum, some from the deepest hell during the Bush years, will finally have exhausted their hate, seen their agenda in place, and their audience having advanced into sensible middle age with mortgages and the like.
It is not only president Obama who is now in lame duck territory but also the mass of leftist bloggers who pre-dated and enabled him. Like him they have little so say and their influence is obviously waning.
These bloggers, with their mostly young patsys in tow, reached their zenith of hate and influence after the Iraq war turned sour and sailed into fame and money on an ocean of bile and resentment from disaffected youth.
The likes of Kos Moulitsas, Charles Johnson, and other assorted oddballs like Andrew Sullivan, will have seen their audience depart and they will return, with suckers money unfortunately, into the obscurity from whence they arose. Hopefully at that point utterly ridiculed and lampooned by a new generation of conservative bloggers untouched by the Bush miasma.
Does the "mainstream media" and the likes of Politico and Slate deserve such a fate too? If it was still operating in the type of leftist foment of the Bush years, then yes, in fact into Dante's last circle of hell where Newsweek currently resides, they would go.
But under the kinder gentler eventual conservative political/social environment maybe, just maybe, there will be a place for traditional liberal political/social comment and satire of the Shelley Berman/Mort Sahl type.
What there won't be is room for the soon to be discredited and mostly forgotten hate sites like Daily Kos, Little Green Footballs, Crooks & Liars, and the execrable Immoral Minority.