I usually like Froomkin, but really--he has got to be kidding:
Worst of all, Obama engaged in one of the most frustrating rhetorical techniques: The straw-man argument. It wasn't fair for Obama to repeatedly suggest that the core opposition to his stimulus plan comes from people "who just believe that we should do nothing." The basic Republican position is considerably more nuanced than that, favoring tax cuts and opposing big-government spending.Yes, it was wrong of Obama to say opponents believe we should do nothing. What he should have said is that they believe we should do nothing effective. There's a world of difference.