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Opposition Rules

7:23 PM, Jan 28, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Republicans voted unanimously against the stimulus. The response at the Huffington Post, fast degenerating from a hotbed of partisan opposition into a government propaganda outlet that would make the editors of Pravda blush, is the headline "toeing the party line" along with a picture showing the backside of a couple elephants. How dare the opposition oppose our dear leader's stimulus package!

In fact, Republicans have done precisely what they should have: provided Republicans in the Senate with some additional leverage in hope of stripping out some of the pork and wasteful spending that makes the current "stimulus" little more than an easy way around the traditional legislative process.

And after all, it was Republicans who attracted Democratic support -- not the other way around. This would seem to bode well for the Republican leadership (especially Cantor who whipped a perfect game), who have a smaller caucus but one that is finally unified by being in opposition. As McCormack pointed out below, almost all the Democrats who defected are considered vulnerable in 2010. Holding together a majority isn't easy, and governing is even harder. The left can complain about Republican obstruction until they're blue in the face, but they don't need Republican support to enact their agenda of social justice and government handouts, and they shouldn't expect it. When this stimulus does nothing to revive the economy or put people back to work, there will be no confusion as to who is to blame.