In truth, this rush to war is all about the fickle nature of the voter. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 42 percent of the nation's likely voters support the president's plan, while 39 oppose it and 19 are undecided. The public's support for the plan is down 3 points in a week -- and this, without even having any time to chew on the specifics. Obviously, there is no time to waste.
George W. Bush engaged in the similar scare game when pushing through his $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. But whereas Bush looked like a third-grader asking mom for an advance on his allowance, Obama has awe-inspiring confidence to pretend he actually can fix a recession.
Worse, it's back to one-party rule. One set of ideas. No real deliberation. No real compromise.
Obama, of course, has a powerful enough mandate to ram through any legislation he desires. And he's even polite enough to pretend to care about Republicans' concerns. They even may continue to be invited to the White House cocktail parties. But Obama would do Republicans a huge favor by explaining that "bipartisanship" and "unity" now mean voting with the new far-left majority.
Because really, for the next two years, at the very least, all debate is over.