The first sign things are looking grim for Barack Obama: usually dependable allies are starting to put some daylight between them and his record. Barney Frank, for instance, from Roll Call:
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told New York magazine he urged President Obama not to press for health care reform in 2010 after Democrats lost their 60-seat majority.
Said Frank: "I think we paid a terrible price for healthcare. I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after Scott Brown won, I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform, but certainly not healthcare."
Frank said Obama made the same mistake Bill Clinton did in 1993 by underestimating the concerns of people who already had healthcare coverage.
My guess is that lots of congressional Democrats will suddenly be remembering the excellent advice they gave their president. It's just too bad he didn't listen.