The Washington Times makes the case that this past week has been the worst for Obama since he took office:
• Last Friday, Mr. Obama wandered into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Aided by his ignorance of the situation, knee-jerk prejudices and tendency toward racial profiling, Mr. Obama played a heavy hand in elevating a tragic situation in which a teenager was killed into a full-blown hot race fight.
Americans, he admonished, need to do some "soul-searching." And then, utterly inexplicably, he veered off into this bizarre tangent about how he and the poor dead kid look so much alike they could be father and son. It was election-year race-pandering gone horribly wrong.
• By the start of this week, Mr. Obama had fled town and was racing to the other side of the planet just as the Supreme Court was taking up the potentially-embarrassing matter of Obamacare. While in South Korea he was caught on a hidden mic negotiating with the president of our longest-standing rival on how to sell America and her allies down the river once he gets past the next election.
• Meanwhile, back at home, the Supreme Court took up the single most important achievement of Mr. Obama's presidency and, boy, was it embarrassing. The great constitutional law professor, it turns out, may not quite be the wizard he told us he was.
By most accounts, Mr. Obama and his stuttering lawyers were all but laughed out of the courthouse. They were even stumbling over softball questions lobbed by Mr. Obama's own hand-picked justices.
• Mr. Obama closed his week pulling off a nearly unimaginable feat: He managed to totally and completely unify the nastily-fighting Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Late Wednesday night, they unanimously voted -- 414 to zip -- to reject the budget Mr. Obama had presented, leaving him not even a thin lily's blade to hide behind.
If not the worst week, then it was certainly close. The left has been whistling past the graveyard all week, saying that if SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare, the president is a shoo-in for re-election. That is utter nonsense. It will marginally help the Republicans because it is unlikely that the entire law will be declared unconstitutional. It will do nothing for Obama except remind people how the law was hastily drawn up and then shoved down the throats of the American people using legislative tricks.
The bad week probably won't affect Obama's approval ratings much. But these things usually prove themselves to be cumulative and a few more "brutal" weeks like this and Obama will be looking for a job after the election.