The negative political impact for Obama will grow even more as Gulf Coast residents and visitors see the oil roll up to the shore for months and months to come, along with wildlife carcasses covered with the goo. Fishing as a sport and a livelihood will take a huge hit. A Florida friend of mine told me this week that he and his friends and family are having a big seafood party this weekend, "while we still can," acknowledging the fact that important parts of their life have changed, possibly forever. The rest of us will feel it too, in food prices and availability, gas prices and the help we will give to Gulf states, where the economy has the potential to crater.

Meanwhile, Obama and his comrades face the drip, drip, drip of scandal as revelations about bribing candidates with government jobs if they will drop out of a political race in favor of Obama's pick make news. Exactly as fallen former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is charged with doing. Obama aides will testify at that trial, and the nation will see that Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaModerate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Obama: Countries facing severe effects of climate change offer 'moral call to rest of the world' Democrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability MORE has a long history of engaging in the sleaziest of Chicago-style political deal-making.