Written into the economic stimulus bill approved by the House last week is $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
. Critics say arts funding doesn't belong in an economic stimulus package but its inclusion is a victory for working artists and their fans. It also probably made Chicagoan Michael Dorf very happy. He's considered by many to be the frontrunner for the post of chairman of the NEA. Our dueling critics
Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman tell us more about Dorf and what his appointment would mean for the arts.