Barack Obama is losing the country.
His approval ratings and the trust Americans have placed in him have been in a free-fall for days. His 55 percent approval rating is lower than George W. Bush's after the first six months of his presidency, "putting (Obama) 10th among the dozen presidents who have served since World War II at this point in their tenures," according to USA Today .
Our Democratic friends might reflexively want to blame Republicans, but there are two problems with that tack: For one thing, Republicans don't have the votes to stop Obama and the Democratic Party from doing whatever they want; for another thing, according to USA Today , Obama's popularity is slipping the most among -- you guessed it -- Democrats.
It's become apparent to close observers that Obama has over-reached and overestimated his mandate.
That he has over-reached is evident in the mass defection of moderate and conservative support for him, both among the public and in Congress.
That he overestimates his mandate is clear enough from the numbers: Though he only won election by a few percentage points, he has an enormous numerical advantage in Congress, yet his agenda's two pillars -- health care and cap and trade -- appear to be foundering on the rocks.
Consider, too, that Census figures now reveal that the percentage of eligible voters who went to the polls last November was actually down slightly from 2004.
"The reason: Older whites with little interest in backing either Mr. Obama or John McCain stayed home," says the Associated Press.
In other words, it's quite likely McCain lost more than Obama won.
Yet, Obama carries on as if 90 percent of the electorate voted for him. In truth, he is less popular than Jimmy Carter. And we all know how that turned out.