God help us all.
And by the way, this sentence from the same NYT article was notable for an entirely different reason:
Democrats, in a rare show of Washington bipartisanship, pledged to work with him to enact a plan quickly.As far as I can see, they never stopped working with him, even when they became the majority back in 2006. Whatever, NYT. Who wants to bet they stick us by making Bush's tax cuts permanent? Yes, I know the article says Bush is not insisting on it as part of the deal, but when has Bush never not lied about anything -- and when have Dems never bent over backwards to accommodate him?