Did I mention how idiotic it is for Democrats to be negotiating against themselves regarding the
porntax stimulus? Josh Marshall thinks so too (italics mine):
It would be far better on many counts to bring in substantial Republican support for this bill. And I don’t just mean that in the BS sense in which President Bush usually meant it, which was to say essentially, ‘Of course we’d like you to vote for exactly what we want. More the merrier. But if you don’t want to vote for our ideal bill, tough luck.’ No, I think there’s a real logic in not going the 51 votes model President Bush followed. But Obama seems to be telegraphing that to a significant degree the fundamental structure of the legislation is being built around accommodating the concerns of Republicans — members of a political party that are about as unpopular and weak as you can get at the moment. And that sounds a lot like he’s negotiating with himself, something that will embolden opposition and invite Republicans to up the ante even further.
At the very least, make them give away something. The most hapless political party in recorded history.