Whatever you think of the chances of the economic rescue package to dampen the blows of the recession, or prevent the onset of another depression, it's pretty clear that President Obama emerges as the winner. Even his early efforts at bipartisanship worked to his advantage. The Republicans have rebuffed him and pushed back at every step, and now they are more hated than ever.
Through everything, Obama remains the President of Cool. That's just the thing we need in these perilous times. For that reason alone, I have hope for the future.