Oil Spill Tars Dems’ Reputation for Competence

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Oil Spill Tars Dems’ Reputation for Competence

Obama Struggling to Show He’s in Control,” reads the headline on The Washington Post’s story on Barack Obama’s Thursday press conference, where most of the questions were about the Gulf oil spill. “Defensive, unauthoritative and equivocal,” wrote Congressional Quarterly’s Craig Crawford of Obama’s performance. “He came across as a beleaguered bureaucrat in damage control.”

Uh-oh. People, even people in the Obama-friendly press, are beginning to say that the oil spill is Obama’s Katrina. That it destroys his reputation for competence.

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