Yesterday, the Senate ratified not only SMART, but also the 9/11 First Responders bill, which had died in the Senate, but after news organizations shamed Republicans they took another vote and, surprise, the bill past. Actually, that’s not entirely true, a compromise was reached with each side giving a little and the bill passed unanimously.
Both seem like uncontroversial and necessary bills, but they were the most difficult to pass. And it should be noted that yeah, the economy still sucks, but in two years the Obama administration has done quite a lot and they’ve done it patiently and in many ways with bipartisan support. It’s odd that the perception of his administration — from both liberals and conservatives — if far from the reality of it.