So, Barky is going to Charlotte to claim his crown as the Democrat’s standard bearer. Barky, however, may be barking like a scalded dog but he has no bite. The Chicago way, in theory, is to bring a gun to a knife fight. Obama apparently did not take time to learn that if you bring a gun you better damn well have some bullets. Without ammo your pistol is a mediocre club and an opponent, armed with a razor sharp machete, will cut you to pieces.

Did you see the list of Republican politicians who shied away from Tampa because they did not want to be associated with Mitt Romney? Nope. The Republican office seekers flocked to Romney’s side. Not so for Barky. His troops are deserting like French surrender monkeys. The list of Democrats taking a pass on celebrating the Golden Child is long and growing.

Romney drew the line in the sand quite starkly. Obama promised to stop the seas from rising and to cool the earth. The only thing not rising are new legions of Democrats eager to boost the fortunes of Mr. Empty suit. The only thing he has cooled is the ardor of his acolytes. Romney promised something more powerful and real–he’ll help your family by getting you a job. That’s a promise Americans can believe and embrace.

It is real simple–Obama is a loser and Americans, to recall George Patton, hate losers.

Obama cast himself as the Moses of the 21st Century. But facts are facts. He won’t run on health care and he can’t tout his economic success. Taking out Osama does not save Obama.

Obama now appears as weak and spineless.

That reality is dawning on a majority of American voters. Obama does not take responsibility. He whines; he laments; and he constantly blames others. The best he can come up with is a plea, “Those nasty, evil Republicans kicked my ass and kept me from parting the seas.”

Well boys and girls, that is not the voice of a leader. That mealy mouth excuse neither inspires nor excites. It defines weakness. And Americans hate a weakling.

Going into the convention, Obama’s options are unpalatable. If he insists that his plan has worked and the economy is rebounding, Americans will conclude he is delusional. You may tell folks that the jobs are springing up right and left, but a turd sandwich is still full of offal that stinks to high heaven. No amount of exhortation will persuade the unemployed and underemployed that their situation is swell.

If he mans up and decides to confess that he did not get the job done but now, after four failed years, knows what to do, he plays into the hands of the Republican meme.

His only option is to try to put on a circus and distract the hungry masses with a show and some snacks. He will try to distract and try to divert, but that very behavior bespeaks a fool and a weakling. The average American will see that and understand that.

Next week will be a sad spectacle. He’ll be like Hitler in the bunker. Cut off from reality and plotting strategy based on imaginary political armies. No one clustered around der Fruitless will dare speak the truth. They will continue to feed his ego and insist that victory is near. Meanwhile, the Republicans are swarming the Democrat stronghold. The heavy guns that will demolish the last of Obama’s defenses are in place and ready to unleash hell on a pretender who does not know the first thing about leading. Obama is toast.

Even Hitler understands the simple truth–Obama’s days are numbered.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.