Matt makes the case:
The lesson I would hope the administration learns here is this: He needs to spend less time seeking political cover to mitigate the downside to possible policy failure, and more time trying to implement the best policies he can.
Of course there's another kind of long-term politics being played. Obama's trips to Capitol Hill allows him to continue to look like guy willing to talk, while his opponents look like obstructionists. Given Obama's style, I expect to see more, not less, of that in the future.