People are furious at politicians and the federal government. It’s easy to see why.

Pres. Barack Obama says he’s “furious” about the BP oil spill. Watching him say it should come with a laugh track. It may be so, but there’s no evidence of it. Does that matter? It’s ultimately up to you. For me what matters is the sheer political incompetence, but more importantly that there obviously aren’t enough bodies on the ground to do the job in the Gulf. The President could change that, but hasn’t yet.

Next we’ve got Rep. Mark Kirk who has lied repeatedly about his military service. Now he’s apologized.

Mr. Blumenthal lied about his military service. He also apologized.

State Rep. Nikki Haley has really been going through it. Her politics are not mine, but this is yet another example why women think twice before jumping into the political arena. Infidelity charges against Mrs. Haley have rocked the race in South Carolina. Now she’s been smeared by one of her own, with Republicans scrambling to demand an apology from a white male bigot who has no business in public office.

“The South Carolina Republican Party strongly condemns any use of racial or religious slurs. Senator Knotts should apologize for his inappropriate comments, so that we can put this unfortunate incident behind us and focus on issues important to moving our state forward,” said Republican Party Chair Karen Floyd in a statement.

Unfortunately for the Republicans in South Carolina, as well as Sarah Palin, who will reportedly endorse Nikki Haley, both the Tea Party activists and Republican voters have said everything imaginable about Pres. Barack Obama. An apology is hardly enough.

We have Republicans across the country vilifying Obama as a socialist, Glenn Beck going the full Nazi, with no point of decency ever invoked. Rand Paul hemmed and hawed about the Civil Rights Act, also taking issue with other groundbreaking legislation that makes this country more equal.

I don’t care about Haley’s politics or with whom she’s slept. But until people call for the resignation of Neanderthal bigots who hold office we’ll never purge our politics from these racists.

“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.” – Sen. Jake Knotts

Now that Obama has canceled his diplomatic trip to Indonesia and Australia because of the BP blowout, the countdown begins on where he will travel. The Carteresque worry about his presidency starting to creep in, as he’s being held hostage because the White House got behind on the politics of catastrophe. Helpless to change what BP has done. Trying to catch up politically because the White House political shop didn’t understand the job of the presidency: People want to see their president in action in a crisis; behind the scenes machinations don’t count, especially when an environmental and economic debacle is claiming a way of life for Southerners.

Nothing in politics today is particularly inspiring.

The national pastime, baseball, stepped in to provide it. A blown call in a perfect game, with Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers showing some class after Jim Joyce blew the call. But then the boss, Bud Selig, stepped in to say, tough, he wouldn’t reverse the call.

It takes leadership to make things right and some people just aren’t up to it.

Beyond Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ridiculous call to end the moratorium on drilling off LA coast, he’s stepped in to express the people’s pain, but also make up for his first appearance in the State of the Union response debacle.

But it was Charlie Crist who said, where’s the Navy and the Coast Guard? We need more help down here, so why not deploy everyone we’ve got?

That should have been Obama’s call. I guess he was too busy celebrating at the White House or getting another jersey. President Obama’s performance remains below the curve. Perception in politics is reality and politicians live or die by the public’s judgment of it.

This post has been updated.