While I do agree that the details of Obama's "spending freeze" suggest this is more a political maneuver than anything, I also have to agree with Sullivan. Obama has to tackle the recession and address the jobs program, and the Democrats must pass the health care reform bill, but he also has to get America's fiscal house in order. I didn't ask Bush and the GOP to hand us trillion-dollar structural deficits, but that's what we are facing and we have to deal with it.
The White House has been making some poor play calls on the field this month, but Obama is still the smartest man in Washington. The stage is set for his State of the Union and he needs to hit another home run. He knows what he needs to do.