There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.
Here's a major reason why the Republicans are still a viable party: they don't mind getting loud. They're willing to make a huge production out of insignificant and contradictory nonsense. The Democrats could learn a thing or two about this.
If voters reject the Dems in November, it won't be because they legislated too far to the left, or to the right: It will be because they were outflanked by their opposition and didn't get to legislate at all.
We should write into the jobs bill that the money for jobs, tax credits, and everything possible that can be geographically limited, will only be spent in districts whose Members of Congress support it.
Instant analysis, instant reaction, instant tactics to meet the perceived American voter need for instant gratification. Missing in all this are old-fashioned Democratic values and political principles.