Doubt we can believe in

Barack Obama campaigned on a mantra of change, but who could have imagined it would manifest itself so quickly? Republicans in Congress have changed their profligate spending ways and are now carrying the banner of fiscal responsibility. A story from the Associated Press reports that GOP leaders doubt the stimulus bill will pass in the Senate:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the massive stimulus bill backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could go down to defeat if it’s not stripped of unnecessary spending and focused more on housing issues and tax cuts.

While it may be several years belated it is indeed encouraging to see Republicans in Washington return to their conservative roots. Whether it’s a matter of conscience or rooted in partisanship this is a refreshing change.

“I think it may be time … for the president to kind of get a hold of these Democrats in the Senate and the House, who have rather significant majorities, and shake them a little bit and say, ‘Look, let’s do this the right way,'” McConnell said. “I can’t believe that the president isn’t embarrassed about the products that have been produced so far.”

Yeah, it’s a shocker that the guy who had the most liberal voting record in the Senate during his last full year isn’t embarrassed by the largest expansion of federal spending in US history. McConnell also expressed surprised that Jenna Jameson wasn’t embarrassed about being photographed naked.

“We cannot delay this,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate Democrats’ No. 2 leader. “We can’t engage in the old political rhetoric of saying, ‘Well, maybe it could be a little bit better here and a little bit better there.’ We’ve got to pull together.”

Actually, we should engage in the old political rhetoric of saying, “For the love of Zeus, this bill will bankrupt the government and saddle generations of Americans with crippling debt without appreciably stimulating anything but further government spending.” Considering Congress’ approval ratings are lower than used car salesmen, what’s your first reaction when a used car salesman tells you “We cannot delay?”

Republicans have undergone a remarkable transformation in the last two weeks. Let’s hope the change is sincere and sustainable.

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