A few quick thoughts:
1) I guess Judd Gregg looks pretty lame now, having accepted the Commerce Department Cabinet position after playing Hamlet —and then realizing that he would forever be shunned by the Right Wingers who now call themselves the Republican Party if he went through with it. The not voting on the Stimulus bill really didn’t help him either. Not a guy New Hampshire voters will now run to for a courageous stand in the future…like during next year's re-election battle.
2) I hope Obama finds another Republican Senator from a state with a Democratic Governor to nominate. It’s clear now that the Republicans intend to employ a scorched Earth policy towards the country. If they can’t have power here, they’ll just hope the nation is decimated by their ability to stymie real change and run against failure in four years. It seems a lock that the only way to bypass this is to find a 60th vote in the Senate, assuming that the Minnesota Senate trial ends with Franken still the winner there.
3) Melissa Leo has my vote for Best Actress. See Frozen River if you have a chance. It’s one great little movie for any film lover. She’s wonderful in it, as usual, and the fallout of our economy and our immigration policies are evident in the landscape of the film for those filmgoers who are politically minded.