What is at least a little surprising, though, is seeing some of the same Republicans who rejected the package issue press releases touting the spending measures in their districts.Yep, that's right...Republicans in the House taking credit for the stimulus bill they unanimously rejected.
Rep. John Mica was gushing after the House of Representatives voted Friday to pass the big stimulus plan.
"I applaud President Obama's recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America's future," the Florida Republican beamed in a press release.
Yet Mica had just joined every other GOP House member in voting against the $787.2 billion economic recovery plan.... Mica wasn't alone in touting what he saw as the bill's virtues.
To be fair, it's hard to say just how common this was yesterday; the McClatchy article only points to a couple of examples of the GOP hypocrisy.
But it's nevertheless amusing. In Mica's press release about the stimulus package, for example, he not only applauded the spending for his district, he neglected to mention altogether that he opposed the bill. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who also issued a press release claiming "victory" for an Alaskan contracting program in the bill, also failed to mention that he voted against the measure that he's so excited about.
How stupid do they think the American people are?
[UPDATE] This anti-reality denial mindset extends to the Senate as well, where Arlen Specter whines his GOP buddies really, really wanted to support it, they just couldn't vote for it because they're just too darn scared of the Wingnut Attack Squad Anti-Traitor Elite Unit Team Go! I believe him. The GOP hasn't changed a bit. Rush and Malkin are still in charge.
Yeah, this is a political party I want to join, where the frothing nutjobs with microphones swearing revenge and pain and lasers are in fact running our public policy.