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Re: Big Picture


Yes, Kathryn. The president is coming off as plenty smart enough, and forceful. That’s what matters. The point is not to listen to this as though you’re judging a contest between policy wonks. The president needs to show he’s wonkish enough to govern, but above all, forceful enough to make the right choices. He’s doing that plenty well. And with expectations so low, he’s way exceeding them. This is very good for the president. Both are doing plenty well enough to please their supporters. There will be no decisive winner. But the president has more than held his own. As far as I’m concerned, he’s winning.