See: The Runaway General
Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better. "It was a 10-minute photo op," says an adviser to McChrystal. "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his fucking war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."
I think that the problem here for Obama is that while his cohorts on the left will scream for Gen. McChrystal's head to be served on a platter, many Americans will think that Gen. McChrystal comes out of this looking better than the President.
Some on the left may hope that the "Gen. McChrystal" brouhaha will help distract the public from the President's poor performance in the oil spill crisis, but what they risk is that this will have a synergistic effect against the President's and the Democrat's poll numbers. Bad times two, is really bad.
Failure in the Gulf and Failure in Afghanistan are not things that will help Obama and the Democrats look good.
How far away is November?