"In accordance with your campaign pledge to work in a bipartisan manner and change the partisan tone in Washington, D.C., we would like to extend an invitation to you to address a meeting of the House Republican Conference," wrote Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and the four other members of the elected leadership team.Personally, House Republicans can bite. They represent a diminishing ideology that's far too interested in catering to the extreme of their party. They have no interest in, in comparison to Senate Republicans especially, working with the incoming administration. They have no intellectual honesty on the stimulus bill, as Matt Yglesias noted:
Why give them any credence, even for the sake of good politicking. I'd send Rhamn Emanuel in ultimate, "get on board or we'll run you over message."
The House GOP’s efforts to publicly solicit the names of economists opposed to the idea of an economic stimulus package is an interesting gambit. On the one hand, it reveals how crass and political John Boehner really is—he picked his policy position first, and then started looking for experts to back him second. Beyond that, it reveals how shallow the depth of opposition really is.
Brad DeLong observes that “no current or former member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers–Democrat or Republican, living or dead, sane or insane–has signed up for the Republican House caucus’s list of economists opposed to the stimulus package.”
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