After a tough midterm and a lot grumbling of capitulation when it came to his tax/unemployment extension compromise, the lame duck session of Congress turned out to be fruitful after all. The President delayed his Hawaiian holiday to be rewarded with several wins before we rang in 2011, including the passage of the aforementioned tax deal with Republican leaders, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military, the ratification of the new START treaty to reduce nuclear arms, funds for 9/11 responders and the long-awaited settlement to black and Native American farmers. Was it perfect? No. But was it a slew of needed wins for the public, for civil and individual rights and for those struggling in this recession? To quote the ever quotable sayer of folksy word salad Sarah Palin, "You betcha!"
A win's a win, dagnabit, and Barack Obama is made of it this December.