Second-term presidents rarely achieve as much as they did during their four years in office, either because top aides tend to be off their political game or because of external events.

Reagan's second term team, for example, was greatly distracted by the Iran-Contra scandal. George W. Bush's second term was consumed by Hurricane Katrina and the economic collapse of 2007.

As a result, second-term presidents tend to spend their final days in the Oval Office with low public approval ratings and rapidly waning influence on the course of events.

Obama's decline is different

President Obama is certainly following the familiar path with approval ratings sinking into the thirties. And there is increasing talk across the political spectrum that, in the words of the Daily Caller's Matt Lewis, the president is just "calling it in."

Thus, Obama seems to be most often seen in recent days either swinging a golf club or giving speeches at Democratic fundraisers.

But there is something worrisomely different about the Obama second term swoon that sets it off from previous presidents in their sixth year in office.

Lost in political fantasy?

There is an air of unreality about the Obama crew these days that became starkly evident last week with a letter to Congress from National Security Advisor Susan Rice seeking repeal of the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq and White House press secretary Josh Earnest claiming Republicans are seriously seeking to impeach his boss.

House Speaker John Boehner and every other top GOP leader has denied it, but that didn't stop Earnest and the Democratic fundraising machine from insisting that impeachment is "part of their agenda.”

Similarly, Rice claimed repealing the 2002 law is needed to "give Americans confidence" that U.S. "ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq" even though House GOPers were preparing to approve a resolution saying U.S. ground forces should not be sent back to Iraq.

But then seeing the Obama administration publicly weaving such fantasies isn't really surprising, considering they've argued for years that one half of one-third of the federal government is responsible for all of America's problems.

On today's

Monday's Editorial: Seriously? Obama asks Congress to repeal 2002 War in Iraq.

Sunday's Editorial: Legal Newsline scores big win for asbestos transparency.

Columnists/Hugh Hewitt: Dear Pope Francis: Head west to see the real America.

Columnists/James Jay Carafano: Conservatives need a human rights agenda.

Columnists/Michael Barone: Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism.

OpEds/Avi Dichter: America should help Israel destroy the Hamas terrorist infrastructure.

OpEds/Mary Therese Drury: Is this what a "war on women" looks like from the steps of the Supreme Court?

Beltway Confidential/Byron York: Instead of impeachment, House can vote to repeal all or part of an Obama executive order.

Beltway Confidential/Philip Klein: Christians support Israel because of Genesis promises, not Revelations prophecies.

PennAve/Susan Ferrechio: With only days left before August recess, major legislation could be left undone.

Legal Newsline/Kyla Asbury: Plaintiffs file opposition to government's motion to dismiss NSA spying suit.

Video/Morning Examiner: Morning Examiner with Steve Doty for July 28.

In other news

The Washington Post: Beretta in leaving Maryland joins other gunmakers heading to friendlier states.

The New York Times: Despite gains, Hamas sees a fight for its existence.

CBS News: VA committee chairmen reach deal on legislation.

Righty Playbook

The Weekly Standard: A new disorder.

National Review Online: Halbig and Hammurabi.

The American Spectator: What Texas tells us about how immigration plays out in 2016.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: Why I don't use contraception.

Lefty Playbook

The Daily Beast: The coming ISIS blitz of Baghdad.

Salon: The masterstroke that turns red states blue.

The Huffington Post: The limits of American power.

Bonus must-read

Mother Jones: Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty program would cost a staggering amount of money.

Blog Right

Jammie Wearing Fools: Illegals are fleeing violence at home, so let's move them to Chicago.

Blue Collar Perspective: Remember what happened in the school yard when bullies weren't disciplined?

Hot Air: If voters could redo 2012, it would be Romney in a landslide.

Blog Left

Talking Points Memo: Graham says UN becoming anti-Semitic.

Slate: Honduras' killing fields.

Talk Left: Drug mule's cocaine pellets burst on airplane.