I think the Republicans made a horrible tactical error yesterday. By not allowing even one of their members to vote for the Stimulus Bill, they made themselves effectively irrelevant not just to this process but every subsequent process over the next two years. They sent the message to their fellow members on the Democratic side and the president that any efforts to extend their hands would be met with clenched fists and that concessions made by Democrats (like funding for abortion) would receive no reward (Republican votes.) Moreover, they taught us a lesson that united Democrats can walk all over the minority party and achieve progressive objectives.
What fools these irrelevant Republicans are as they march lockstep into the dustbin of history.