The Senate will vote today on whether to adopt the main provisions of the House bill. Passing this bill would be a major public policy mistake -- akin to the disastrous (and bipartisan) deregulation of the financial sector in the 1990s.
Four months ago, Sen. Jim Bunning took a lonely, ridiculous stand -- there could be no jobs bill, and no extended help for the unemployed, if it increased the deficit. In the early summer, we have a Party of Bunnings.
Obama has an opportunity to strengthen his leadership by emulating qualities beyond Lincoln's skills at bringing differing voices together. The president needs to channel Lincoln's steely resolve on the issue of jobs.