The House has passed President Obama's $819 billion stimulus bill. The measure passed the House by 244 to 188; 11 Democrats and 177 Republicans voted against it. Not a single Republican would unclench her or his fist to shake President Obama's open hand of friendship and bipartisanship. But something more important happened tonight. Wow, I have to confess it hadn't dawned on me how irrelevant Republicans had become until this vote came up in Congress. They're sort of like the crowd who stood on the dock yelling to Columbus that he was going to fall off the edge of the ocean. We now know that every one of the Republicans can oppose us, and they can't win.
It's a pity. I mean, for them. Not for the country or us: It's a pity for them.