After eight years of disastrous deficit policies – six of those years under complete Republican domination – Republicans have now decided that party unity trumps all else – hey, they’ve got their groove on again. They have turned into a bunch of whining, sore losers using their pulpits from an oft-empty congressional chamber to sputter their righteous indignation at the stimulus plan and its efforts to stimulate the economy. Not one single Republican in the House voted for the Plan, and only three voted for it in the Senate.
They have determined that no matter what, they will not support the policies of President Obama. But given the numbers, it doesn’t look like Republicans are really needed for most legislation.
Ironic isn’t it how Republicans watched and cowered for six years as their party’s president virtually ignored their own touted fiscal conservative policies. Now that their backs are up against the wall, they have decided to fly home to roost on those policies, railing against the stimulus plan as if their lives depended on it. And, perhaps they do – their political lives that is. They are hedging their bets that the stimulus plan won’t work and that the failure will lead to a comeback in 2010.
The danger, of course, is that if the plan works even partially, the Republicans stand to garner the continued wrath of the American voter – as was reflected in the last two election cycles which saw both the House and Senate revert to Democratic control – a repudiation of the Republican party and its posititons. They could lose even more seats and could very well see the historical writing on the wall. Republicans have become the obstructionists, and I am betting they will pay dearly for their new-found party unity ploy.