Economic bipartisanship is a work in progress

The nicest thing you can say about Washington's new economic bipartisanship is that it's a work in progress.

President Obama's $787 billion fiscal stimulus package, signed by the president today, could have contained fewer pet programs, but at the same time Republicans in the House and Senate could have shown some support for the president's efforts.

President Obama compromised and included several tax cuts in the bill that Republicans favored, but the Republicans did not respond in kind: exactly zero House Republicans voted for the legislation, and in the Senate only three Republicans did.

The Republicans apparently wanted a bill 100% in their interest. In Washington, that's not how it works, especially for the minority party.