The Chicken Little impressions now being done by the liberal commentariat – typified by JZ’s “Is Obama a Repubican or a moron?” post – reminds me of early September, 2008, when the post-Palin boom briefly carried McCain into the lead in the polls and everyone and his uncle suddenly became an expert on what the Obama campaign was doing wrong and needed to do differently RIGHT THIS MINUTE!

That in turn reminded me of this:

I’d still like to hear the President point out that the best way to cure the deficit is to grow the economy, and that we need current stimulus as much as we need long-term fiscal responsibility, but watching McConnell and Boehner and Cantor twist themselves into a pretzel and the entire Republican debt-ceiling strategy descending into … let’s just say, Central Asian polyamory … I get the sense that the poker-player-in-chief still knows when to hold ‘em.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.