Stimulus May Pick Up More GOP Votes
But not enough to be anything like bipartisan
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2009 12:13 PM CST
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, speaks during a Senate and House conference on the economic stimulus bill on Capitol Hill, Feb. 11, 2009.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – The passage of the stimulus is a done deal, but that doesn’t mean the votes on the compromise measure won’t be interesting. Democrats are hoping to bring more Republicans on board, reports Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. All three GOP senators who backed the original Senate bill were alongside Harry Reid as he announced the compromise yesterday, but no other Republicans were in sight.

Democratic operatives have their eyes on a number of Republicans who could flip, including senators Dick Lugar, George Voinovich, and Lisa Murkowski. In the House, which has postponed its vote until tomorrow, Fred Upton, Mike Castle, and Jim Gerlach might switch. But even with all those flips, "Obama will not even come close to getting the broad bipartisan support in either the House or Senate that he and his team had once hoped for," Cillizza observes.

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Feb 13, 2009 8:56 PM CST
We knew the Unions would support this but the Chamber of commerce and the AARP? The GOP is screwed if they try to obstruct this bill. In fact they don't even fathom how screwed they already are. Looks like Karl Rove's plan for a permanent majority in the House and Senate will be a success. Just not the party he had in mind.
Feb 13, 2009 6:39 AM CST
You'll eat those words in 2010 I'm afraid Beer_Belly....and secondly do you really believe that US voters would vote Palin in as VP ? You gotta be kidding. That's an insult to voters. Tell me you're a fan please ! McCain on a stretch but even he was floundering from flavor of the day to flavor of the day. Don't get me wrong he's a good man and ya gotta love a centrist republican (or Democrat), they're endangered species these days, but he was floundering.
Feb 12, 2009 4:02 AM CST
Excuse me folks. I know you want to dream and wish that the GOP is some marginal force but I think you need to look past the number of seats that the democrats hold and instead look at by what margin many of the blue dogs and other moderate dems actually won. Every election they have to worry about being knocked off by some honcho GOP start up and for good reason. many of these districts lean right, not left. You still don't get it that this is a center/right nation. P-BO won with 52% during a economic melt down. had there been no recession, McCain would be President today. Coming into 2010 if P-BO's promise to create 4 million new jobs..(WAIT...NOW HE HAS CHANGED THAT TO 3.5 MILLION!) by then does not materialize after this record pork boondoggle, then he and his gang are toast.