Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
Obama, The Mortal By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post
What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?
Top Dems Troubled By Obama’s Standing By David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
The nation’s top Democratic strategists are anxious. By Gallup’s measure, Democrats’ advantage in party identity has narrowed from 17 percentage points in January to 5 points in August. President Obama’s approval rating now bobs in the low 50s. He has lost Americans’ favor at a larger and faster rate than most presidents since World War II.
The Real Worst-Case Scenario for Swine Flu 2.0 By Thomas P.M. Barnett, Esquire
Could a new wave of the H1N1 virus become as radioactive for Obama as Katrina was for Bush? Or could the threat of tens of thousands of children dying help him pass his health-care package? An in-depth assessment of the risks to moms and politicians across the country.
Harry Jekyll and Harry Hyde By Kimberley Strassel, The Wall Street Journal
Never the two shall meet.
Coruscating on Thin Ice By Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration is young and out of touch.
How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? By Paul Krugman, The New York Times
It’s hard to believe now, but not long ago economists were congratulating themselves over the success of their field. Those successes — or so they believed — were both theoretical and practical, leading to a golden era for the profession.