The Republican Senator who was tapped as Obama's Secretary of Commerce nominee pulled out, citing that he has to come to realize that he has irreconcilable differences with the President. I can see where Gregg's coming from. When Obama was elected, I like most everyone was hopeful and expectant of a new kind of politics. But the process surrounding the stimulus bill has felt a lot more like "more of the same" rather than "change."
Apparently I'm not alone. When both Paul Krugman and David Brooks are both disillusioned, that is a powerful message.
Though unlike those two., I remain sanguine and optimistic about the economy, perhaps Panglossianly so. Still, while I agree the stimulus package is probably far from ideal, I still think that government has minimal effect anyway, and the economy will right itself soon enough, I'm still predicting, in time for Obama to claim credit for an easy re-election. It may be a sucky year or so until then, but 2012 is plenty of time for the economy to recover.