President Obama inherited multiple crises when he took office in January. Today, the New York Times speaks about the link to economic recession which is vital for the new administration. But this connection of the presidency with hard times also carries attendant risks: That the Democrats might come to be viewed as merely manipulating this crisis to their own big government ends. That their agenda was lurking there, waiting to pounce on just such an opportunity, has of course been a common complaint from the right for some time.
Tonight, Chris Matthews' Hard Ball will examine the feasibility of universal healthcare. This issue is a sticking point and the bipartisan comraderie breaks down here predictably.
To link to the excellent New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/us/politics/04caucus.html?ref=us