I've posted about this before. Personally, I tend to think that "good politician" is an oxymoron, but, at the same time, I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing. I tend to agree with Machiavelli, who claims that a moral man is not a good leader, because s/he becomes too trappped in hi/r morals to be able to governin the best interests of the whole.
The circumstances that are bringing me into this current position were started when Bill Clinton pulled away from President Obama and sis stand on the ACA. Ir didn't surprise me; it was the pragmatic thing to do since his wife is likelyto run for president in 2016. He. maybe more than anyone else, knows that it is wise for a potential candidate for election during the 2nd term of a standing president, who is, by his lame duck status, going to become the scapegoat for every thing that is wrong with the party.
It is ironic because Clinton learned this lesson when his improper behavior with Monica Lewinsky provided the means for the election of George W. bush over Clinton's vice-president, Al gore. So now, having learned form his own past experience - on the other side of the issue - he is dinsancing himself (and his wife), from any similar fallout. It is a sound pragmatic response. He earned from hos own mistakes, in a way. I can hear him saying to Obama, "Don't make my mistake. Be willing to sacrifice your own term for the greater good of progressive politics."
Anyway, thinking such thoughts helps be get beyond the immediate moment, and my admirtion for President Obama grows.