Obviously, the good news about the unanimous House Republican opposition to President Obama’s stimulus bill means that the Republicans in the House (all of them) seem to have found their way again. Not only that, but it means that Obama’s claims that this will be a “bipartisan bill” are bogus, at least as far as the House is concerned. The Senate, of course is a different matter. Even though Obama is sure to get the token support from enough Republicans in the Senate, in the end he will own this bill, whether he wants to admit it or not.
The bad news is, of course, that the bill still got passed by the House. We’re in a position right now where our opposition to any bill is pretty much token. It’s going to be a long four years on that front. That said, the willingness of Republicans in the House to show in force that they aren’t going to roll over and take whatever Obama and House Democrats present to them as a “bipartisan bill” is very encouraging and they should keep it up. Obama might be a popular guy now, and everything that he does viewed as “golden,” but as we all know, doing what’s right doesn’t always mean doing the most popular thing. Last night, Republicans in the House did the right thing.
Make sure to thank them.
Read related thoughts via Ed Morrissey.