Guess that dinner at the White House didn't go so well
... the $825 billion stimulus bill just passed the House
of Representatives with zero Republicans voting in favor. Eleven Democrats -- 10 centrist Blue Dogs and the unconvinced Rep. Paul Kanjorski
(PA) -- joined the GOP in opposing the package.
Brad Woodhouse, president of the Dem-allied group Americans United for Change, described the GOP's stalwart opposition in two words: "political suicide," the subject of his e-mailed statement on the stimulus vote.
But maybe this was the Republicans' plan all along. Now Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his troops can start the next act
in the show and ask for just a few more
concessions in order to give the stimulus its bipartisan stripes.
Either way, with GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) signaling her support
, its passage in the Senate by next week is looking assured.