"He's looking pretty ineffectual these days; his numbers are sinking. Not the kind of clout he needs to do much more than survive day to day."
"If there was any hope of any bargains, the Obamacare fiasco killed it."
"As Mitch McConnell said, his No. 1 priority is to cause President Obama to fail, and with a little help from the president himself, he is succeeding."
"House Republicans will not give the president any significant legislative victories. Gridlock is the new normal."
"Congress is so bound up they can't even pass gas, much less significant policy."
"This Congress? Are you kidding me?"
How likely is it that President Obama will achieve congressional approval of a significant policy objective between now and the midterm election?
REPUBLICANS (92 VOTES)
Very likely: 1%
Somewhat likely: 5%
Somewhat unlikely: 34%
Very unlikely: 60%
"Don't underestimate the Republicans surrendering before the first battle over immigration."
"Only shot is to try to get credit for passage of immigration reform bill."
"Only if Republicans are convinced that obstruction tactics aren't going to help."
"I don't think Republicans will give him a meaningful victory."
"Unfortunately, there is no willingness to compromise on either side."
"His credibility is gone. Nobody listens to his speeches. He will be exclusively playing defense for the foreseeable future."
"Unless he agrees to entitlement reforms in a budget deal. Unlikely."
"Obama is the last person in Washington who believes immigration reform is happening."
"Obama has worked his way into fulfilling the allegations of his critics — he's a bystander president now."
"He is unwilling to compromise on even the smallest items, and Republicans are in no mood to do him any favors."
"He has a knack for poisoning the atmosphere."
"There is a cost to seeking political advantage by demonizing your opponents."
"It used to be that just Republicans opposed the president, but now his stock is low with both Democrats eyeing 2014 and the American people in general. He may be the earliest lame duck in history."
"Is he still president?"
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