by Todd Beeton, Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 01:53:14 PM EST
See, Mr. President, we told you you don't need Republicans.
From The AP:
In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night with spending increases and tax cuts at the heart of the young administration's plan to revive a badly ailing economy.
The vote was 244-188, with Republicans unanimous in opposition despite Obama's pleas for bipartisan support.
"We don't have a moment to spare," Obama declared at the White House as congressional allies hastened to do his bidding in the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
To Obama's credit, notice The AP's frame here: it's a "swift victory" for Obama who has been making "pleas for bipartisan support." Obama is winning this debate even though the Republicans think they can make him out to be the bad guy who is going back on his promises. Well played, Mr. President, so far. Unfortunately, presumably the Senate version IS going to need at least one Republican vote although I suspect that won't be as difficult for Obama to secure as it was in the House. Debate in the Senate could begin as early as Monday.
Update [2009-1-28 19:3:56 by Todd Beeton]:Note to self: make a list of all the Republicans who voted to bail out the banks but not to invest in the infrastructure and job creation of...ya know...America and stuff.
Update [2009-1-28 19:37:2 by Todd Beeton]:Roll call is HERE. Note that 11 Democrats voted against the bill, 10 of whom are the usual suspects and Rep. Kanjorski.
As for what the Republicans could possibly be thinking, Elana Schor at TPMDC has this thought:
But maybe this was the Republicans' plan all along. Now Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his troops can start the next act in the show and ask for just a few more concessions in order to give the stimulus its bipartisan stripes.
Either way, with GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) signaling her support, its passage in the Senate by next week is looking assured.
Update [2009-1-28 19:54:34 by Todd Beeton]:Oh. My. God. Via dday, check out how Rep. Hoekstra (R-MI) is framing the vote on his Twitter feed:
Interesting! The bi partisan vote on stimulus was no. It wasn't the winning vote but the only vote that received both R and D votes.
Talk about Orwellian. You see, Republicans voted unanimously NO and THEY'RE the bipartisan ones! Nice. You see, this is what you get when you fetichize bipartisanship. Can we just agree that it's overrated and that we'd be a lot better off if Democrats just passed everything on a party line vote and move on?