In assessing the debacles of the Obama administration, Glenn Reynolds has famously said for years that Jimmy Carter was a best case. Eerily prescient!
But, inspired by the UN abstention allowing a condemnation of Israel and Kerry's planned "They weren't listening then but can you hear me now" speech laying out his vision of a Mid East settlement, let's open some new categories.
First, is Obama now the worst Lame Duck ever? Offhand, I can remember Bush 41's pre-Christmas coal to Bill Clinton in the form of the UN sponsored intervention in Somalia. OK, the initial relief effort all went to Hades due to mission creep, the Bushies later explained, and it did have UN backing, but still... (Given the eventual impact, this topic should have "Help Me Rwanda" as its soundtrack. Or "Toot Toot Tutsi Goodbye". Either way.)
And its early, but is Obama likely to be the worst Former President ever? Again, his big competition is Jimmy Peanut, but Obama has shown strong form so far and I see no reason to believe that his love of his own voice, not to say cameras and microphones, will diminish.