Ambinder notes that by signing the stimulus, Obama approved one of the largest tax cuts in history:
It’s hard to imagine we won’t hear about this four years from now. And if that’s not boxing a future Republican candidate in ahead of time, I don’t know what is.
Think about how many potential Republican arguments are going to be pre-empted by that nice little fact?
One upside of compromise: it spreads ownership and, as a result, blame if the plan fails.