After the SOU, I dinged Obama severely for non-feasance, combining hot air and too much caution. Tonight’s passage of the Senate Health Care Bill, never mind the unfinished business of the amendments, goes a long way to redeeming his administration; it’s a wonderful accomplishment and it doesn’t do to fuss now about how it could have been even better.
I don’t take back a word of what I said back then, because the presidency since January has been a completely different operation; he is doing exactly what I (and others) said he should do and it’s working. I bet he, and his inner circle of advisors, have learned a lot about stepping up and taking charge, and we can look forward to a spring and summer of very different, and a lot less disappointing, Obamocracy before the midterms.
But let us now especially praise Nancy Pelosi, with whipped cream and a cherry on top, whose repeated reelection proves people in the Bay Area are not hopelessly nuts, and who is so good at what she does, including not just thinking and strategy but also putting steel in the backbone of the president and lots of others, men and women, that it’s just a delight to watch. She and Joan of Arc, 120 years from now of course, will have a great time in the ladies’ lounge of heaven telling war stories and exchanging tricks to get men in charge to mount their damn horses and lead.
What an excellent day of wallowing in political process and punditry it has been.