I woke up this morning to the local all-news radio station chattering about Gaddafi's death (we're assuming) and its impact on the election -- another feather in President Obama's foreign policy cap, Republicans can't challenge his warrior credentials, etc.
Before the media go into full hyperventilation . . .
Take a look at Obama's approval rating, as charted here by Gallup Daily.
Specifically, go to May 2011.
On the first day of that month, bin Laden's death was announced. Obama did indeed receive a "bounce". His approval rating ticked up, into into the 50's by month' end.
But then: June, July, August, September, October . . .
The President's inability to work with Congress, market volatility, a stagnant economy, a return to trite class warfare. And Obama's approval rating? It tanks. So much a lasting bin Laden "bounce".
Libya assuredly will be part of a passage about a changed world, people demanding freedom, etc., in next year's big acceptance speech in Charlotte.
Other than that, this President will be doing pretty much what he was up to this week: groveling on the economic front, shifting around from purple state to purple state blaming Republicans for life's injustices real, perceived and fabricated.
That said, if Libya descends into chaos and it's American boots on the ground a year, then Obama does have a foreign policy issue. And it's not a good one.