A friend and longtime warrior for liberal reforms described what unfolded in harsh but accurate terms: “First he was rolled by the bankers, then he was rolled by the generals, then he was rolled by the Blue Dogs and other Democrats who had no interest in going along with what he proposed.” Obama seemed exceedingly tolerant of resisting forces and even cooperated with them. Or maybe he privately agreed with them. He never made it clear.
If he privately agreed with them, then he wasn’t rolled at all, it was all part of the game. And that means we’ve been hoodwinked, we’ve been bamboozled.