Right now it does. Whether it's going to doom the Obama Team is still to be figured out.
As for the stimulus bill, there are still two things that cause problems for Democrats in the minds of voters - the Dems like to spend and they like to tax.
At least with this bill, there aren't any tax increases. But there sure is a lot of spending.
Again, I'm not saying that Obama is going to go down the tubes now. In fact, it was something different to hear him say on network TV last night that he "screwed up" when the guy who was President before him could hardly admit to any missteps.
But it's clear Obama has shown some holes in his armor recently.
His vaunted vetting staff sure didn't do their jobs very well. (I could have told them Bill Richardson was a bad idea, but they wouldn't have listened.)
Does this mean Republicans are going to feel more emboldened and challenge Obama more directly?
Will they have more guts to go after Democratic spending plans in the stimulus bill?
Lots of questions and not many answers. But there have been too many stumbles the last two weeks by the Obama Team to just ignore them.
We'll see how the White House reacts.