Obama's Pyrrhic Victory
It can be safely said that bipartisanship in Washington is dead. Obama could only secure three Republican votes in the Senate (from liberal Republicans at that) and none in the House on his stimulus package. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) just walked away from his Commerce nomination. House Donkeys would just as soon set the Capitol on fire before even allowing Republicans to speak their views on legislation.
So this is Obama's victory.
Well, he owns it now. There's no more blaming George W. Bush for this mess, not with the mainstream public anyway. The Democrats control Congress and the White House. This is their bill in whole and in part.
The success and failure of Obama's whole administration may very well come down to this moment. That's not a very good place to be three weeks into your presidency.