He seems to have gone from bright young thing to Pelosi-like establishment insider.
Maybe I'm wrong. But if I were a legislator I’d be hard-pressed to support any bill pushed by Obama that gives him substantial new powers, for the simple reason that I don’t think he can be trusted. Bills, laws, regulations, treaties, these things don’t implement themselves, and they are all too susceptible to misuse and abuse by a power-hungry chief executive with a crate full of ideological axes to grind. If, as some aver, the proposed trade bill contains climate change and immigration booby-traps, who’s going to defuse them? Paul Ryan? Mitch McConnell? Confidence level: low.
Update: Will Republicans drag Obama's trade bill across the finish line?