What an education Obama's supporters have had in the last two months.
A man who once seemed to stand as a colossus on the American political scene is now consumed with scandal and doubt.
His signature issue - gun control - collapsed due to an intraparty rebellion. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Lightbringer allowed a Republican arch-Libertarian to outflank him on civil rights and the morality of drone strikes.
And now we learn that the Internal Revenue Service was playing Nixonian games with tax exemptions, using its investigative power to target the president's political opposition. It's enough to shake one's faith in the Party.
One of the evergreen questions posed by conservatives is when liberals and their media allies will have "enough" and turn on their leader. Each time a scandal emerges, someone can be counted on to say "This is when they turn, this is when they remember their principles."
Except they never do.
Partisan politics are best understood as a tribal exercise. The actual political positions - gun control, abortion, scope of government - are best understood as identifiers rather than actual beliefs.
This is how an anti-war movement can support a man who has ramped up combat operations in Afghanistan and how Constitutional scholars who called the Iraq campaign illegal can rally behind the Libyan adventure.
It's a tribal thing.
But even tribal loyalty has its limits. There comes a point when self-respect demands some sort of reaction. One can only eat so much excrement before questioning the Party line that it tastes delicious.
For the anti-war street theater people, the point has been reached. They are stirring from their long hibernation and demanding action.
Not from the president of course. No, they are taking their show to National Guard bases to protest the use of drones. The fact that the National Guard does not set the policy regarding them is irrelevant. The fact that they should be lying down in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue rather than the front gate at Syracuse is lost on them. They may reach that point, but not just yet.
For now they know only that something is wrong and something must be done. For now, they remain loyal.
The Benghazi affair has also strained that loyalty and the IRS revelations will add further burdens.
I do not believe the tribe will turn on him - the Great Defection that some conservatives hope for will certainly not come. But what will happen is that the tame media will lose interest. Just as the anti-war movement has turned to protesting obscure bases, the media guardians will look elsewhere. It's always easier to change the subject than face unpleasant facts.
The end result will not be wall-to-wall scandal coverage, but rather a cessation of presidential coverage altogether. Washington will recede into the distance. The fawning profiles, the magazine features, the tongue-bath interviews - all of this will cease. The fawning adulation will be replaced with embarrassed silence.
And maybe it's better that way. The President-as-celebrity has not worked out well. We could use a break.