As I have written in my previous post, I am not buying into Susan Collins (Senator from Maine) as a "real" Republican. She is one of the three Senators (Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Collins) who are going to push the Senate over the sixty required votes to pass the ‘stimulus’ bill (and I’m already predicting a number of future Liberal bills).
During the election the media made a big deal about whether or not the Democrats would get sixty Senators voted into office to give them a super majority. What does it matter? As long as Susan Collins and a couple other Senators are ‘Republicans’ they can pass any legislation they want! Perhaps I am too pessimistic about Collins, but give me some sort of evidence to give me hope for this liberal Republican (it just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?). Collins support of any given liberal bill should definitely not be seen as bi-partisanship, or even something out of the ordinary i.m.h.o.
Now, I do see one positive in the passing of this bill: this is entirely on the liberal, Keynesian, Democrats’ shoulders. Unlike the bailout where there was, sadly, support from both sides including a “Compassionate Conservative” i.e. neo-con president, this bill cannot be blamed on the Republican Party (granted, if it does succeed, the Democrats get all the credits. I would NOT want to be on that side of the table, though). Congratulations, GOP, you acted fiscally conservative when it comes to government spending!
Needless to say, I am excited about the GOP rallying under the Conservative banner. As for “Republicans” such as Susan Collins, I suggest you rethink your party.