Bandow says even though some Republicans are trying to make hay out of his lack of follow-up on the "red line" remark, Obama's domestic political fortunes likely remain untarnished thanks to the public's lack of interest in a new conflict.
"This is a line he should not have drawn and he did. Republicans will continue to bash him, but even on the right, there's not a lot of support for this," he says. "[And] I don't think the Democrats will get hurt at the polls in 2014 if he doesn't go into Syria."
A Gallup survey in June showed 54 percent of U.S. adults opposed the Obama administration's decision to help arm Syrian rebels, with 37 percent approving the move. But an earlier poll also showed that only 49 percent of Americans were paying attention to the conflict.