"Democrats are caught up in a real challenge where the President of the United States has no clout with their members and they viewed it that the president has never paid attention to them, and when he came asking for something, he was out of step," said Pete Sessions, the chairman of the House Rules Committee.
Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, said it was a good reminder how "hubris kills."
"Allegedly, the president went and spoke to the Democrats, but what you heard on the floor was that he preached at them and wasn't even open to questions afterward," Sanford said. "It is a reminder of the way in which hubris is devastating in any walk of life."
"It's interesting to watch how irrelevant Obama has become even with members of his own party," says Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. "He has no relationships with either side of the aisle up here."
While internal disagreements over the direction of the Democratic Party have been simmering since Democrats lost the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, the trade bill represents the first time in recent memory where the party has put those divisions on public display.
The mood among Republicans in the House is that Pelosi had been aimless, having lost her strong arming ability to move members in the direction of the president. Typically a loyal force for Obama, GOP aides said before the vote she seemed less aggressive and focused on this issue.
"I think the great irony of this whole situation is that you know a high percentage of my fellow Republicans and a high percentage of folks back home distrust the president, but it's fascinating that a higher percentage of Democrats distrust him," says Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla.
"Democrats are in total disarray," Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., told National Journal before the vote. Democrats, he said, "are hoping yes and voting no. I have seen that before on our side."
"Democrats have been doing a lot of soul searching since the midterm elections," said one GOP leadership aide. "There are some people who want some changes whether personnel or policy or direction. Pelosi not taking a strong position on this has allowed that to fester."
Republicans are hardly strangers to party squabbling. Ever since 2010, when 87 freshmen Republicans rode into Congress on a tea party wave, House Speaker John Boehner has taken the brunt of criticisms when his coalition failed to stay together. From must-pass funding bills to abortion legislation, Republicans have been the ones in recent years to drop the pass in the 4th quarter.
But the role reversal isn't exactly satisfying for Republicans either. One aide said that Republicans weren't "gleefully watching" as Democrats have an internal meltdown. While the trade bill has been Obama's priority, it is also must-pass legislation for mainstream Republicans. Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan has been working for months to hammer out a bill that satisfied a majority of his party. And Republicans want to make sure they have a trade bill in place if they win the White House in 2016.