I don’t think Pres. Obama or his White House team are humble enough to “panic.”
But it’s the reaction of any sane person with a purpose who’s president and wants to stay around to make a difference.
From James Carville comes the “Fire. Indict. Fight.” prescription.
1. Fire somebody. No — fire a lot of people. This may be news to you but this is not going well. For precedent, see Russian Army 64th division at Stalingrad. There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea party collectively orgasm. [...]
2. Indict people. There are certain people in American finance who haven’t been held responsible for utterly ruining the economic fabric of our country. Demand from the attorney general a clear status of the state of investigation concerning these extraordinary injustices imposed upon the American people. I know Attorney General Eric Holder is a close friend of yours, but if his explanations aren’t good, fire him too. Demand answers to why no one has been indicted. [...]
3. Make a case like a Democrat. …
4. Hold fast to an explanation. …
To do any of these things Pres. Obama and the White House would have to first admit that something is wrong. That’s the problem.
In Democratic strongholds from Vermont to California – not to mention New York City, where the president helped sink his party’s nominee in Tuesday’s special election – Obama isn’t quite tanking, but he’s moving unmistakably in the wrong direction. – Barack Obama’s blue-state blues
“Mr. President, people are livid.” – James Carville
The arrogance at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has now wound around the Obama administration like a sticky web. It’s not so much a bubble at this point as an impenetrable world where Barack Obama is still the man from 2008 and all he has to do is smile and remix his word salads and all will be forgiven, even if in doing so he sells out everything the Democratic Party has stood for since F.D.R.