The chief economist at Moody’s likes the tax cut deal a lot, and the guy has a pretty good prognostic record, so I guess that I like the tax cut deal as well.
I don’t care about Obama punching hippies as much as most people do. As Atrios says if it takes some verbal abuse to get good policy outcomes (not awful will also do) then so be it.
I still think that it was rather stupid to argue that he would fight more if only less was at stake. I guess that the GOP won’t push him around as long as the issue is not too weighty. We can therefore expect some satisfying fights over, um, post office namings and Sense of the Senate resolutions about the Superbowl.
On the flip side, the weird alliance between Bernie Sanders and Jim DeMint suggests that the whole deal honestly might die in utero. If that happens we could do worse than just put the damn hostage down. Virtually any other use of that money would do more for stimulus than what it is doing now. John Boehner will veto any plan that cuts the military budget, Medicare or raises taxes, so come January we will almost certainly lose any chance to plug that kind of hole in our budget.