Marathon Man

Paul Krugman in the NY Times:

Mr. Obama seems to have sincerely believed that he would face a different reception. And he made a real try at bipartisanship, nearly losing his chance at health reform by frittering away months in a vain attempt to get a few Republicans on board. At this point, however, it’s clear that any Democratic president will face total opposition from a Republican Party that is completely dominated by right-wing extremists.

I was all for the attempt at bipartisanship but yeah, it was pretty clear early on that it was not going to work. As I’ve said before and will continue to say, screw ’em. As we’ve seen, a lot can be accomplished without help from the right–doing just fine, thanks. It’s been quite a week for Obama, with healthcare and now a pact with Russia on nuclear arms. With “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” almost gone, it will have been quite a year or so of achievement for this administration.

Doesn’t work so well for the nightly cable nuts and their daily outrages, but Obama is a marathon man!


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