Some of the agenda is being overtaken by events already; the case for government funding for embryonic stem-cell research has been badly hurt by new advances, reported this weekend, in non- embryonic research.
Almost every item on the agenda, meanwhile, will be second- guessed by the Senate and president. And few of the items that make it into law are likely to inspire lasting gratitude in the public mind.
By the end of next week, the 100 hours of frenetic legislative activity will be over. Then, like Gingrich before her, Pelosi will be staring at several hundred days with little definite to do. And before too long she may find herself, metaphorically at least, reaching for the ice buckets.