Displaying unexpected care for “the welfare of congressional Dems,” as TPM alum Greg notes, the National Review suggested yesterday that President Obama was hogging the spotlight by signing the stimulus bill into law alone, sans Senate and House Democrats.
The notion that conservatives watched yesterday’s bill signing and asked themselves, “Why aren’t Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid getting their moment in the sun?!” is pretty hilarious. But here’s something even funnier: Four House Republicans have come out in recent days taking credit for the passage of an economic recovery plan that every single member of their party opposed.
Here’s a list of the GOPers in question and their faux-victory laps, courtesy of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO) – “Luetkemeyer said the project is considered ‘shovel ready’ and that’s what the economy needs. President Darrell Krueger and Luetkemeyer discussed the educational benefits of the economic stimulus package.” [KTVO-TV, 2/17/09]
Representative Don Young (AK) – “Alaskan Congressman Don Young won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Congressman Don Young’s Press Release; 2/13/09]
Representative Ken Calvert (CA) – “All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can.” [The Press Enterprise; 2/13/09]
Representative John Mica (FL) – “I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future,” [Congressman John Mica Press Release; 2/13/09]