Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may be keeping his cards close to the vest on the stimulus bill, but at least one of his conservative troops isn’t shy. A reader sends in a report from Richard Shelby’s (R-AL) local appearance this morning, in which he urges Senate GOP colleagues to filibuster the recovery bil. Here’s how Shelby put it:
Are we prepared to filibuster? Hope so. But I’m afraid we may have two or three [Republicans] that might jump ship.
It’s worth noting that Shelby, the senior GOPer on the Banking Committee, was one of the leaders in convincing his party to support a filibuster of last year’s auto industry bailout.