Most Americans do not believe President Obama has a clear plan to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.Most Say Obama Lacks Clear Plans on the Oil Spill, Energy or Jobs

If there ever was any doubt that Pres. Obama mismanaged the messaging on the BP blowout this is more evidence.

The McChrystal bombshell interview with Rolling Stone comes at the worst possible time. That is if there’s ever a good time for your chief military strategist to be recalled to Washington as the Afghanistan battlefield unravels further, because The General doesn’t respect his civilian bosses.

Pres. Obama’s Oval Office Address was reportedly watched by over 30 million people. It was also universally panned. The next day good news came, but whiffing the political storyline has taken a toll. For a team who was so flawless on campaigning, their governing prowess remains a very mixed bag at best.

As for Obama not having an energy plan, see the the last four decades; no other president has either, at least not one that was delivered.

The jobs and economy issue makes the Administration’s optics challenge even more difficult. We’re deep into the feeling aspect of the people’s mood, which is perception driven more than anything, the importance of which Obama’s political team has greatly underestimated.

The mood in the country as Congress gets ready to split, with mid-term elections next on the agenda, is general uneasiness, except for Democratic loyalists painting smiley faced on everything, which they’re even having a hard time doing.

Thank goodness for Joe Barton and Haley Barbour. They’re reminders of just how much worse things would be, especially along the Gulf coast, if the current crop of Republicans held the reins. The sad fact is that the economic and jobs issue down there is so bleak, “drill, baby, drill” actually still sounds like an answer.