Gas prices hurting Obama, who struggles to feel 'pain at pump'

John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE is right: If gas is $5 or $6 a gallon next fall, President Obama will likely lose his reelection.

Luckily for the president, gas prices rise in anticipation of the summer driving season, and some analysts already think they’ve hit a peak.

So while gas prices are killing Obama’s approval rating right now, the real downside for the president is that people paying $4 per gallon don’t want to hear about how much the economy is recovering. They want to see that the president gets what they’re going through. 

This political conundrum again highlights what Obama lacks as a politician. The president desperately needs a Clintonesque “I feel your pain” moment, but that is one club he does not have in his bag.