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...he doesn't trust the grassroots to help him.

I don't know that it's so much a matter of trust as a matter of inexperience and staff. When they wanted votes, they came after us (and when they want them next time, they'll do it again). But now that he's governing, a) BO clearly hasn't learned how to use the Bully Pulpit that is the presidency, and b) his staff are Beltway players with establishment resumes and establishment contacts who are focused on getting GOP concessions as the way to play the game because that's the way it's been played for decades.

Behind those weaknesses are the twin poison pills of post-partisanship and the BD Caucus. When a powerful chunk of your own party is only too willing to vote with the opposition and you are determined to appease a rigid group of tricky non-compromisers, you can't negotiate from strength unless, as I've said many times, you're willing to take on the recalcitrants and obstructionists on your side of the aisle. As long as he shies away from that, we're looking at what will become the primary pattern of the Obama Administration.

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