Bob Woodward has been telling on presidents since he and Carl Bernstein teamed up to reveal the Watergate misdeeds of President Richard Nixon in the mid-1970s, and he's at it again. This time, it's President Barack Obama who is feeling the sting, not because of criminal acts, but because of ineptness, arrogance and other attributes that in combination spell peril for America.
All of this was perfectly obvious to some of us four years ago and we said so. Sometimes I wonder if visual media have made illusion even more powerful in politics than it has always been. The country, or enough of it anyway, seems to be in the grip of a mythology that only a real disaster will dispel. --TS