C'mon, now. Somebody say it. The Republicans are opposed to the stimulus bill, not as a matter of policy, but as a political move to try and reclaim what they say is their identity.
They are in the wonderful costless position of the minority, where they get to complain with no responsibility to provide any alternatives or even any requirement to make any sense.
They are shouting to try and stake out identity.
In the end, the House Republicans will vote against, and the Senate leadership will release the one or two Senators necessary for passage. I guarantee you, the bill will go through, and the Republicans can claim a costless political opposition.
Then, in 2010, Congressional Republicans can claim they're all about reining in the deficit, trying to erase all the spending of the Bush years.
(It sure helps that the media is giving them so much airtime without asking any questions
I'll be very curious how it all plays when Obama makes the inevitable speech seeking support/explaining the bill. He gets the final definition on this thing. He's got the megaphone.
: They're also working to kill any Obama momentum and eat up the first 100 days. Who cares if the country suffers in the process?
(Their SCHIP proposal got smashed