Republican Solidarity

Obama has put on quite a display of outward bipartisanship, inviting Republicans to meet with him and promising that if they have good ideas, he is open to them.

Then those ideas are promptly dismissed.

When the stimulus bill came up for a vote in the House of Representatives, not one single Republican voted for it. Critics say they are playing politics, but I have a different view.

Yes, some Republicans are playing politics, betting that their vote will play well back home, but many more, I believe, cast their vote on principle, unwilling to put their stamp of approval on a bill that is anything but a real stimulus. As I noted in my previous post, it is almost pure pork.

It’s unusual to see this type of solidarity, particularly when the public opinion polls are so favorable to the new president. One can only hope that this is a sign of the development of what has been missing for a number of years: backbone.