Will the stimulus vote fall apart?

I’m thinking there’s a chance. First, what leadership in their right mind would vote for something so divisive on Friday the 13th? Years of print for that decision.

Next, and this is more serious, Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), may step aside in his support. He was unaware that FCCCCER was in this stimulus package.

If Specter walks, that leaves the two ladies from Maine and a vote of 60 for on the Senate floor.

We can always let Maine attach to Canada…


  1. This is not so different from the statements he made a few days ago, e.g. ‘that’s not the intent, and if it can be interpreted that way we’ll clean it up.’ He went into more detail earlier in the week. http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=43333

    The Bloomberg piece that the anchor refers to is not reporting per se, but a guest opinion that Bloomberg disclaims as not necessarily their view. FOX misrepresents it by suggesting that it is fact-based rather than idea-based. The author makes an argument that is worth following up on, but her argument also depends on taking ideas to extremes. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs

  2. 1100 pages. Published at midnight, voted on around 2PM. Have you ever read 1100 pages in 14hours? Boehner was right – not a single member of the House read that entire bill before voting on it.

  3. Oh and I hope all those lefties are printing on recycled paper.

  4. I heard Sen. Kennedy may not be able to vote on the bill due to health reasons and Republican Sen. Gregg, who did not vote before, will vote this go around.

  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    If Specter turns around we may see Ted Kennedy ‘get better’. Specter has received tens of thousands of emails, faxes, and phone calls.

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    Here’s some news we can bank on.

    “On Chris Matthews’ MSNBC show Hardball, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) just called the stimulus bill “the most transparent piece of legislation in American history.”
    I think what she meant to say was that it is a piece of legislation most Americans can see through. Same thing…


  7. I’ve been battling with Time Warner Cable all afternoon and lost track of time. When’s the Senate supposed to vote?

  8. Randy in Richmond says:

    It’s over. They will get 60 votes exactly. Specter voted for the bill.
    Bad for the country–good for the republicans.

  9. Still, three defecting is a problem. I worry that it will be a trend.

  10. Specter is a piece of sh*t. He flat out ignored his constituent.

    Im sure you all heard about the Illinois Congressmen that Barack singled out as being the person people in Peoria needed to contact in order to have him vote for the bill… in the hours following, he said NOT A SINGLE PERSON contacted him in favor of the bill, instead 1400 emails and calls were received in opposition.

  11. I watched 2 minutes of the video. It’s sickening. When Specter referred to the health technology provision and claimed they could stop it from becoming “stealthcare”, I wanted to reach through the screen and grab him and ask, “HOW! Ya Freakin’ moron! They have a HUGE MAJORITY!!!!!”

    In the words of my favorite wabbit, “What a imbessel. What a ultra-maroon”.

  12. Specter continues to be a worm, not a man.

  13. “Specter is a piece of sh*t. He flat out ignored his constituent. ”

    This based on your extensive knowledge of the Pennsylvania electorate, or what? The vast majority of all Americans support the stimulus, and Pennsylvania ousted Rick Santorum for a better Democrat. Specter knows he’s next.