With unemployment still so high, the administration’s successful oversight of the stimulus does have an otherwise-did-you-enjoy-the-play-Mrs.-Lincoln feel. The recovery remains tepid, so the Recovery Act remains unpopular. The White House says there would be 3 million more unemployed Americans without it, and many independent economists agree, but the “failed stimulus” has become a Republican symbol of everything wrong with Obama’s Washington. Even most Democrats — including the president himself — won’t utter the word “stimulus” in public anymore.
But so far: no indictments, no major scandals, no missed deadlines, no busted budgets. Hey, man: That’s more than good enough for government work.