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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Friday, January 22, 2010 :::

It seems like I've been reading more articles than usual indicating divorce from reality.

  • A portion of the opinion section in the Thursday Wall Street Journal asked "What Democrats Should Do Now" — i.e., after we learned that Massachusetts is now a swing state. One suggestion is "give up on post-partisanship". Which puts me in mind of a college freshman who spends all his time partying, gets a D on a test, and thinks, "gosh, all that studying was a waste of time."
  • Some in the administration seem to share that assessment — people are angry, but not angry at them. They're angry at the Republicans, I guess, and taking it out on Democrats.
  • In a recent interview, President Obama acknowledges his mistakes"

    "I think the assumption was if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or if we're making a good rational decision here, then people will get it."
    That must be it — nobody could possibly disagree with him unless they just didn't "get it."

    He also things he hasn't given enough speeches. Also, Ramesh Ponnuru quotes an article that quotes Obama and asks:

    Which is worse: that the president thinks that the insurance companies, which mostly support his health-care initiative, are behind the public disapproval of it, or that he thinks what's been missing from his effort is positive coverage in the [New York] Times?
  • Paul Krugman thinks Obama should just order the House Democrats to pass the Senate bill.
  • This is a different domain, but it fits in with the theme: CNN doesn't know what chaos looks like

On the other hand, this may be the first evidence I've seen that Senator McCaskill is smarter than chalk. And I laughed out loud to read that "[Geithner is] reportedly worried that politics is driving Obama's attack on Wall Street." You'd think someone that shrewd would be able to figure out TurboTax.

::: posted by Steven at 11:10 AM

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