Today, the Republicans had the opportunity to air all of the theories and wingnuttery that fills the AM airways. Americans who were paying attention got to hear almost every wacky criticism and complaint (except for Ayers and Rev. Wright) that the Republicans/Conservatives had to give. (And I think that, if Hannity had the opportunity to interview the President, he would woos out as well.)
While my gut feeling is that this is rope-a-dope, I don’t doubt that President Obama has been working to make things better — for everyone. I think there are people like me, whose jobs are pretty much recession-proof, but also people who have held on, who know that we are lucky. But I also think that there are people who are grateful for the extra money in their paychecks, the extension of COBRA, and the extension of unemployment benefits.
Perhaps there are also people who get — finally — that it’s more difficult than ever for good bills that will help people in general — to get passed. I don’t know.