Will Any House Republicans Vote For The Stimulus?
by Todd Beeton, Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 12:11:05 AM EST
Now that the House is set to vote on the final version of the stimulus package today, The AP notes a bit dramatically that GOP members are "lined up to vote against the bill." That doesn't, however, square with the unsubstantiated rumor spread by a Fox News anchor yesterday (news, schmews!) that 15 GOP representatives would be voting for the stimulus package. Steve Benen links to a Politico article that cites "20 or more" as the number of potential GOP defectors.
So which is it?
Part of me hopes a bunch of them do vote for it because I really just like the idea of their running scared of Obama, but I tend to agree with Atrios on this one:
My guess is Republican solidarity against the stimulus bill mostly holds up. As it should! They're the opposition party. It isn't their bill.
We don't have to live in David Broder's world.