“Change” Turns Out To Be Too Expensive and Unpopular

The Obama change machine is grinding to a halt. Politico reports:

Officials are most pessimistic about his energy and global warming plan, with many aides doubting he will win passage of a cap-and-trade emissions reduction system, which is strongly opposed by business and Republicans.

The Obama team uses consultant-speak to explain their inability to move forward. There is not “enough bandwidth” for all his great ideas and “it is never easy to change Washington.” But it seems never to dawn on them that the items on their agenda are problematic even within their own party. Where is the governing majority in favor of cap-and-trade? There isn’t one. Do moderate Democrats want to raise billions and billions in new taxes to pay for nationalized health care? The public at large certainly isn’t enthusiastic about it.