I agree with Charles Blow in the NYT that Obama needs to keep control of his response to what-should-be-expected Republican screams of bloody murder over proposed legislation. He sounds defensive when he does it, such as at the recent Democratic caucus meeting.
Republicans are trying to draw Democrats into a screaming match because they know they’re better at it. They are the masters of shrill — masters of stoking ignorance and rousing rabble.
Democrats, on the other hand, should know better, especially No Drama Obama. He comes across as much more competent when he appears unflappable. That’s part of what inspires so much confidence in him, and confidence is all people had to go on with the stimulus bill. (I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that virtually no one read the entire tome.
Remember, rancor is the Republican briar patch.