According to CNN's John King President Obama's press conference statement that he first had to find out exactly what happened at the VA in order to act "might well be remembered as the breaking point." His own party is turning on him King points out, "And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat footed, even incompetent."
On Sunday's Inside Politics on CNN, host John King warned that the President's handling of the Healthcare.com failure and the VA scandal is driving many Democrats to question Obama's competence as president.
King: More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the President to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat footed, even incompetent.
Maggie Haberman, that's what strikes me, what Democrats are saying privately in the wakes of the healthcare.gov problems, they see a president who doesn't want to take command, doesn't want to act fast. Raising the competence question. Some Democrats, who believe in government, this White House doesn't appear to have its hand on the lever.
Maggie Haberman of Politico agreed with King's assessment:
Haberman: Yes, and you've heard for a long time that this White House doesn’t have its hand on the lever at various points. This past week marked a change where you saw Obama with that very tepid press conference, sort of it, sort answered but not in with Shinseki. He had a meeting about foreign policy with senators who were expecting him to be there. He wasn't there. They filed out; one thought he thought it was the most bizarre meeting he had been in in quite a while. All of this adds up to somebody who doesn't seem that involved. This is problematic for Democrats who on one hand can use individual instances to separate from their party. But the collective weight of this is problematic.
Neither King nor Haberman are known to have a conservative bias, adding some weight to their appraisal of the President's severe confidence problem within his own party.