One of the political by-products of the horrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is that it has ended, once for all, the image of President Obama as "messiah" or as "The One." During the campaign all too many of my liberal friends were in a state of rapture over Obama's then candidacy. In their view he would truly be the miracle worker who would right all of the wrongs of the Bush Administration.
Unfortunately he is a mere mortal. No parting of the Gulf waters here so the crews could cap the leaking well a mile below the surface of the sea. Had this incident happened under George Bush the long knives of impeachment would have been unsheathed, but the well would still be leaking just as it is now.
What this return earth means is that come 2012, the near idolotrous zeal the white liberal community exhibited for Obama will be a shadow of its former self.