Columnist Gail Collins' usual Wednesday "Conversation" with columnist David Brooks, the Times idea of a conservative, often amounts to two liberals nodding agreement over various liberal platitudes. This time the two agree that Obama shows grace under pressure: "The Calm, Cool and Collected President."
But Collins trumped Brooks on this outing by seeing the bridge side of the oil spill in the Gulf:
Polls show that the country as a whole has lost a lot of its passion for environmental issues. Maybe the oil spill will bring it back. That'd be one bright spot in all this mess. And if it turns out that we're going to be able to pin at least part of the blame on Halliburton, there'd be a second.