Syria remains topic A, B and C in Washington this week with President Barack Obama blanketing the networks with interviews Monday night and addressing the nation from the White House on Tuesday night. Other current and former administration officials—including Hillary Clinton on Monday—will also keep pressing the case for limited strikes against Bashar Assad.
Will the massive administration push alter a Congressional dynamic that has moved strongly against the president? It's possible. The Senate remains a close call but could move Obama's way. The House looks impossible right now but could shift if public opinion moves and the Senate votes to back the president.
The stakes remain extraordinarily high, both for Obama's presidency and the situation on the ground in Syria.
Hard to imagine that Obama will strike without Congressional approval, though he has not ruled it out. The White House does not believe a loss on Syria in Congress would weaken the president's hand in fiscal debates over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. Republicans think differently. They see an Obama loss on Syria as the beginning of the end of his presidency.