On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Hardball host Chris Matthews said that Obama was the political loser of the year, in his opinion, thanks to the botched rollout of Obamacare, among other things:
It’s another piece that you’re suddenly getting out. This isn’t just a bad year in terms of the rollout. There’s an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the 7th or 8th year of a presidency, it doesn’t feel like the 5th. There wasn’t that rejuvenation that comes with re-election.
He certainly was never going to get a honeymoon from the other side, but there was no sense of wow.
That must have been hard for Matthews to admit, after all the cheerleading and covering he has been doing for the President. Matthews avoided talking about the botched rollout as much as he could, until the White House started to fix things.
Obama can only hope that next year will be better, but the forecast is cloudy at best.