A recent Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial revealed one man’s opinion that, with more than two years left in his second term, Barack Obama’s presidency is effectively over. The major factor he cited in arriving at this conclusion is a noticeable cooling in Obama’s relationship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man who has been a reliable defender over the past six years.
Citing a New York Times article, columnist John L. Smith seized on one particular passage describing a tense conversation involving Obama, Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The topic of discussion, the article explained, was a list of nominees Obama hopes will become ambassadors. Despite the fact that Reid was willing and ready to plead the president’s case in the face of fierce Republican opposition, Smith noted that Obama himself seemed to tune out of the entire process.
“They were Obama’s nominees,” he wrote; “but from the sound of things, he was unwilling to joust for them.”
According to the Time’s account, Obama instructed Reid and McConnell to “work it out” amongst themselves.
The perceived slight reportedly caused Reid to become angry and complain about Obama’s attitude to others in the U.S. Senate. In Smith’s estimation, the longtime senator is precisely the supporter an increasingly unpopular Obama needs at this point in his presidency.
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“We’re not talking about the hurt feelings of just any Democrat,” he wrote. “We’re talking about brawling Harry Reid of Nevada, the man without whom Obama’s presidency would be so small scientists couldn’t identify it with an electron microscope.”
Much has been written – by leftists and conservatives alike – about Obama’s apparent disengagement, especially since the beginning of his second term. Smith, however, notes that the troubling progression has now apparently cost him one of the last remaining relationships capable of maintaining his relevance.
The Nevada Democrat, he asserted, was integral in advancing many of Obama’s policies – including the healthcare reform debacle known as ObamaCare.
“Reid has not only carried Obama’s water,” Smith concluded, “he’s drawn it from dry wells and conjured it from cloudless skies.”
Smith described the relationship that once existed between Obama and Reid as mob boss Vito Corleone and his trusted enforcer Luca Brasi in the film The Godfather.
“If Reid is finished fighting for Obama,” he affirmed, “then Obama is as good as finished.”