Unlike most, I don't think Obama's failed attempt to find House GOP votes for the stimulus package was evidence of political naivete. It was theater. Obama, by going the extra mile in an attempt to forge bipartisan consensus, came off as reasonable, professional, and focused on moving the country forward. The Republicans, on the other hand, showed themselves to be utterly uninterested in cooperation on any terms whatsoever, even when the good of the country is at stake. Seems like a win for Obama to me.

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