So I got a call from Ben Smith prior to this article coming out. What I delivered into the phone was likely a barely intelligible rant, which explains why none of my brilliant insights show up as quotes in Ben’s piece.

However let me say this:

A) Read Ben’s piece its pretty good

B) If no one else will defend TARP, I will defend it. I will defend it through any medium, at anytime, under any circumstances. I will be the lone voice in a town hall full of Ron Paul supporters. I will say it at a Code Pink Regional Conference.  I will not let this go.

There are few moments when I have shed a tear over policy. Despite initial missteps what I saw was lawmakers coming together in the face of overwhelming public opposition to protect the future of our society. It made me more confident in our government than any other single event I have ever experienced.