Now the story has boomeranged on Democrats. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll also found that 51 percent of Americans think Obama "is putting his own political agenda ahead of what's good for the country." And that poll was taken before last weekend's protests and other similar stories played out.
As I write this, Reid says he is "optimistic" that a deal can be reached. Why would the sage of Searchlight, Nev., want to do that? Maybe, now, it's in his interest.