Through it all, Obama has played nice, again and again entreating his Republican opponents to emulate his example and play nice too. It's not what Lyndon Johnson would have done. It's not what Franklin Roosevelt would have done. I doubt it's what Hillary Clinton would have done.
Which brings me back to my starting question: Why don't the Democrats rebel? Presumably, they elected Obama to stand up for their shared principles. But he's not standing up. He's rolling over. Or being rolled.
Obama may be a smart guy but unless he's an undercover Republican (I'm not quite ready to believe that yet), he's a babe-in-the-woods in Washington and in over his head. Big dummy's gonna fuck this all up.