As I have remarked before, I love watching votes come in even though it can be about as exciting as watching paint dry. Therefore it will come as no surprise to anyone that I spent much of the morning watching the series of votes on amendments in the Senate prior to the final vote on the $1.9 trillion package proposed by Joe Biden. It is an extraordinary accomplishment by Biden and will actually make a very large difference to a great many people. The discipline of the Democrats was admirable. While I was watching the paint dry, I heard reports that we are now up to 2 million vaccinations a day. I have spent so much of my life being so unhappy about what happens in America that I really have to spend a little time just enjoying victories, whenever they pop up. Add to that the delightful fact that the idiot who posed with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk is now complaining loudly that the judge will not let him out of jail pending his trial and I think we can all agree that it has been a pretty good 48 hours.
I am still waiting to hear whether I will be able to teach my new course at Columbia next year. I have delivered the opening lecture so often in my head that if I actually get to teach the course I may just walk into the seminar the first day and say “Well you have all heard what I have to say, what is your reaction?”