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So, it’s come to this: The most powerful man in the world is now nothing more than a lowly county official, painting horrific pictures of destruction should he not get his demands. It’s hard to imagine how Mr. Obama can make the presidency any smaller. Every action he takes now is calculated for maximum political advantage —damn the country.

And just when you think he can’t go any lower, boom, he does. With a compliant media, he gets away with it. But history will not be kind to the man who miniaturized the presidency.

• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter at @josephcurl.