February 1, 2009

AN ENTIRELY PARTISAN PROCESS LOOKED PARTISAN? NO WONDER HE'S THE DEAN:

The Votes Obama Truly Needs (David S. Broder, February 1, 2009, Washington Post)

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in early January that there would be no mid-February recess for Congress unless the giant economic stimulus bill demanded by Barack Obama were on its way to the White House, she accomplished two things.

On the positive side, she clearly signaled to Republicans that delaying tactics could cost them vacations and campaign time in their home districts. But conversely, her hard line was a tacit green light to her fellow Democrats to ram the staggeringly expensive piece of legislation through, no matter the objections the GOP raised.

Last week the $819 billion tax and spending bill passed the House with all but 11 Democrats supporting it and not a single Republican voting yes. The first important roll call of the Obama presidency looked as bitterly partisan as any of the Bush years.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2009 10:30 PM
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