"Barack Obama is not wanting to jeopardize his recent legacy description of him being a progressive and standing by progressive goals. I see this as him recalibrating his priorities to ensure that any future Democratic candidate is not essentially on the defensive on this issue," said Lara Brown, a political science professor at George Washington University. "I think Barack Obama is thinking about his legacy and I think the most important thing for him, he has decided, is he wants to not appear is if he were a compromising, triangulating president, which is that prior [chained CPI] proposal would have led him toward."
"No doubt that political fortunes can change quickly. The Senate's passage of a newly revived trade bill and the Supreme Court's decision upholding nationwide subsidies provide President Obama with a boost of political capital that likely will not only help him with governing, but with cementing his policy legacy," said Lara Brown, a political science professor at George Washington University.