Say what you want about the grand bargain it demonstrates what a governor can do when he/she exhibits strong leadership. After eight years of largely tepid leadership from Ted Kulongoski, John Kitzhaber has shown himself to be a masterful leader.
And yes, there is lots for everyone to dislike in this grand bargain but as a advocate for school funding I am largely pleased (and in saying this I recognize that I have come a long way in accepting the political realities that distort good policy). Public education in the state needed a strong champion and in Kitzhaber the state has found one. Kudos.