Sorry; couldn’t help the headline, which works on so many levels. It’s one thing to lose Maureen Dowd. But Time magazine’s Joe Klein, the perfect avatar for conventional media opinion, is even more savage in his beatdown of Obama’s incompetence:
[H]e has damaged his presidency and weakened the nation’s standing in the world. It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I’ve ever witnessed. The failure cuts straight to the heart of a perpetual criticism of the Obama White House: that the President thinks he can do foreign policy all by his lonesome. This has been the most closely held American foreign-policy-making process since Nixon and Kissinger, only there’s no Kissinger. There is no éminence grise—think of someone like Brent Scowcroft—who can say to Obama with real power and credibility, Mr. President, you’re doing the wrong thing here.
[H]e has done himself, and the nation, great and unnecessary harm. The road back to credibility and respect will be extremely difficult.
But I’m sure he can count on your help Joe.
UPDATE: Yeah, now Kerry asks for grown-up help: