Welcome to the Dark Side, Mark Thoma

Here I thought I was fed up with the Empty Suit in the White House:

What it says to me is all that matters is Obama’s reelection (see, for example, the pivot to deficit reduction) — when the timing’s right for that, things will happen — but don’t keep your fingers crossed otherwise. If you are unemployed and struggling, the president will try to help if it also helps him get reelected, but helping because it’s the right thing to do? Not likely.

The late, not-quite-great Kenneth Koch—from whom Barry may well have taken a class—may be rolling over in his grave, having discovered that his 1960 play about Richard Nixon, “The Election,” has become all the more relevant about the sitting Democratic President.