The Stimulus passed the House and Senate this week with only three, count ’em, three Republician votes.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced a different task — finding enough GOP moderates to give him the 60 votes needed to surmount a variety of procedural hurdles. To do that, he and the White House agreed to trim billions in spending from the original $820 billion House-passed bill, enough to obtain the backing of GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
Speaking of Spector, get a load of what he had to say just before the vote.
“When I came back to the cloak room after coming to the agreement a week ago today,” said Specter, “one of my colleagues said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ My Republican colleague said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ I said, ‘Are you going to vote with me?’ And he said, ‘No, I might have a primary.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know very well I’m going to have a primary.
‘”Specter, along with centrist Maine Republican Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, joined with Democrats last week to move the stimulus bill forward. Specter said he doubted there would be any more Republican votes than those three Friday night.
“I think there are a lot of people in the Republican caucus who are glad to see this action taken without their fingerprints, without their participation,” he said. (Bold Italics mine.)
So, let’s review. While there are a number of Republicans in Congress who are myopic ideologues, there are also a number (Greater or smaller.) of Republicans who are not M.I.’s but know that when primary season rolls along could be challenged by authentic M.I.’s who, as opposed to just going along with the batshit insanity, could generate even greater amounts!!!
I think Kent Brockman may have called it.