Saturday, February 7, 2009

Deal or No Deal?

So, I fell asleep in front of the TV last night while everyone was breathlessly reporting that maybe there was a deal on the stimulus package, yes there was a deal, maybe they'll vote on it on Sunday if no one changes his or her mind by then. They took a lot of good stuff out, even though the economy is speeding south even as they dickered, but still, at least it looks like they're going to get something done. And a a lot of that good stuff could reappear in other spending bills. We hope.

So how's that bipartisanship going? The Republican senators who are willing to be somewhat bipartisan about this seem to number in the low single digits. Empowering them is good, of course. It would be a lot less scary out there if so much of the Republican party wasn't batshit crazy. That's an uphill climb at best these days.

Going forward, as they say, it seems like President Obama is going to have to spend a lot more time on TV. He's got to be out there, reminding people how much they like him. And most people do like him. He managed to turn two, normally formidable, candidates into poster children for multiple personality disorder when he ran against them. He can probably do a fair amount of damage to his opposition by speaking to us like adults and then delivering a few devastating lines, flashing his billion dollar smile and reminding us that he's a very, very smart person. It's just going to take up a fair amount of time he probably was planning to use for running the country.

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