Washington D.C.-President Obama's efforts to energize his base in hopes of helping the Democrats win seats during last Tuesday's special elections, have laid a Prandtl-Glauert singularity or shock egg.
In physics, a Prandtl-Glauert singularity occurs when an object goes transonic and creates a vapor cloud shaped like an egg because of atmospheric conditions. Pollsters use the term to refer to the point on the bell curve where a politician's popularity either starts to rise or fall at seemingly supersonic speed.
For President Obama that point was reached last Tuesday evening as polls closed on three bell-weather elections, each with dire repercussions for the president, his party, and their legislative initiatives.
"It's not looking good for the president." said Astronomy Professor Jack Gleason, who wished to remain anonymous. "Once your poll numbers achieve that kind of momentum, it's awfully hard to reverse them."