President Obama is taking a drubbing of late from friend and foe alike, but Todd Purdum and John Harris caution at Politico that it's always dangerous to underestimate anyone smart enough to get himself elected president—especially this one. Obama's "current travails are both more complicated in their causes and less dire in their consequences than they are being portrayed in the Washington echo chamber," they write. Other things in his favor:
- People like him: Sure, the Obama haters will never be appeased, but polls consistently show that most Americans like the guy personally.
- 'Extreme' opponents: Ted Cruz and company keep attacking him from the far right, putting Obama in the favor of Americans in the middle. It's an age-old political lesson his "die-hard opponents" won't or can't absorb.
- His party: Yes, things seem bad for Obama, but would anyone seriously suggest he'd be better off in, say, John Boehner's shoes? From gay marriage to the Latino vote, "Obama has the good fortune to govern at a time when long-term demographic and ideological trends are breaking in the direction of his party."
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