Is there any way that Obama could salvage some shreds of dignity and credibility in his final 29 months in office?
We can safely assume that he will not suddenly become more competent, nor will he change ideologically. He is who he is, and leopards don’t change their spots. He is unlikely to see any big legislative victories, even if the Democrats manage to hold on to the Senate somehow. He could always hope for a change in luck like a return to prosperity, but hope is not a strategy.
There are, however, a few things Obama could do on his own without creating a constitutional crisis.
First of all he could purge his administration of ever boot-licking sycophant, partisan hack and useless toady, starting with ValJar and Eric Holder. Fire their asses. There is a lot of deadwood and rot that needs to go, including the White House photographer and dog walkers. Tell Michelle she will have to survive without an entourage of servants.
Then he could nominate replacements that were chosen for their competence rather than personal loyalty or ideological purity. If the GOP retakes the Senate he’ll have to nominate people they will approve, which doesn’t have to be an insurmountable problem. Other presidents have managed to do it.
Secondly, he can actually start working hard. He could quit golfing and fundraising for his final two+ years, and let Michelle take vacations alone. No more White House parties filled with celebrities. State dinners and official functions only. Lots of people go for years without taking any time off. Besides, after this term is over he’ll be on a permanent vacation anyway.
With all this extra time on his hands he could start attending intelligence briefings and meeting with his cabinet to discuss policy and members of Congress to discuss legislation. All of that unfun stuff that other presidents have always done.
Last but not least, he could keep his promise about openness and transparency. No more stonewalling investigations. Hold regular press conferences.
This is, or course, just a fantasy.