But just because I quit The Atlantic doesn’t mean I’ve left DC.
At any rate, the argument that the administration has erred by not being more hardcore about the stimulus isn’t an argument about short-term politics. It’s an argument about the irrelevance of short-term politics. The administration will be judged in 2012 on the basis of its results. Unpopular 2009 actions that produce a strong recovery will be rewarded. Popular 2009 actions that prove insufficient to drive a strong recovery will be punished. “But the voters liked this approach 40 months ago” isn’t going to convince anyone.
UPDATE: Similarly, though Will Marshall makes some good points here he doesn’t address the question of substance. But the issue here isn’t simply that Paul Krugman wants to see more partisan red meat, it’s that there’s concern as to whether the Senate bill actually has enough job creating muscle to get the economy over the hump.