Trust frays between Obama and the Democrats

“I don’t know how he f—ed this up so badly,” said one House Democrat who has been very supportive of Obama in the past. …

A familiar refrain from Democratic sources: Obama’s if-you-like-it-you-can-keep-it promise on insurance policies is his “Read my lips, no new taxes” moment — a reference to the broken promise that came to damage President George H.W. Bush’s credibility with his fellow Republicans. …

Rep. Nick Rahall, a veteran West Virginia Democrat, said the president will have the chance to restore his credibility on Capitol Hill.

“It’s been damaged, no question about it. But it can be repaired,” Rahall told POLITICO. “There’s just been some unforseen problems here or unintended consequences that I think have certainly led to a misrepresentation about what was said during the campaign and what many people — myself included — believed at the time.”