Encapsulated: Democrats didn’t vote down the worker’s aid provision (something Democrats claim to support in principle) in the trade bill because of some deep opposition to it, not because of an actual opposition to some material part of it, but because… well, Obama “rubbed them the wrong way” when he talked to them.
Oh, American politics. Don’t ever change.
But Obama’s emergency visit to Capitol Hill — something only finalized by early Friday morning — didn’t likely change many minds. In fact, some in the room said Obama’s remarks rubbed them the wrong way.
“I felt like I got taken to the woodshed. A lot of us felt like we were getting scolded by the president,” said a House Democrat, who voted against both trade measures.