GOP Adds $18.5 Billion to Stimulus They Want to Block
Republican leader Mitch McConnell (pictured) praised the amendment and spoke optimistically about settling differences in the coming days, though he continues to insist on cutting its overall size and, as a Republican politician must, using odd-sounding provisions as examples of its wastefulness.
Conservatives fume at what they see as McConnell's sinister bipartisanship. "You have to kill the behemoth," says Michelle Malkin. "Sen. McConnell should ask President Obama to pull it and start over," says the Wall Street Journal. The Senator may regard them as a horse-trader might regard a crazed preacher yelling about Pharisees: as an interruption of the business at hand. But it's possible McConnell is playing a deeper game to sabotage the whole thing. We'll know soon enough.