When your denizens start muttering about your competence you know it is real. They are politicians, they are thinking of themselves. It doesn’t matter if your Jesus Christ, if you are a deficit, you are persona non-grata. The more they coddle Obama, the more likely they will abandon ship when it begins to take on water. A chronic sycophant rubs butt only because that is the sum of his/her political skills, therefore the only other tactic is to disengage from a negative. Don’t want guilt by association.
At this late in the game it is pretty much over for the mid term elections. There is no more they can gain from Obama and it’s time to leave the building, before the exit traffic bogs them down. They may be the same buzz-kills that always start leaving a rock concert about ten minutes before it’s over!