Taking Fire From Both Sides

Jon Cohn blames "the almost total lack of approving commentary " for the unpopularity of the stimulus. He thinks the same thing could happen to health care:

Liberal Democrats in Congress understand that they won’t have any leverage unless they can credibly claim to vote against reform that falls short of their ideal. This requires them to say things like “health care reform without a public plan is not reform.” It becomes a problem if enough people actually believe their own bluff.