The stimulus bill passed the House 244 to 188. Not a single Republican voted for it. A few Democrats like Idaho’s Walt Minnick also voted against it. All those Idaho Democrats who thought Minnick might actually vote like a Democrat can now face reality. Minnick is a life-long Republican who was willing to run as a Democrat because it was the only way he could fulfill his ambition to hold National office. Not that it matters much. The Idaho Congressional delegation has ranked dead last in influence for the last 20 years and will remain last for the next twenty. In fact, the whole Republican party appears to be sliding into obstructionist irrelevancy.
As Rep David Obey framed it, It is 1933 and we have 188 Herbert Hoovers in the House.