If President Obama wants to do bipartisan legislation in the Senate, his best bet may be the co-sponsor of McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Lieberman, etc. If he wants sole Democratic ownership of the colossal stimulus bill, he can just say “I won” and leave ready-to-make-a-deal Republicans without a reason to make a deal. Looks like Senator McCain has figured out that the President has chosen Door #2: (video below the fold)
With Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) recovering from brain cancer and the Minnesota Senate race still unresolved, Democrats have 57 seats and need to keep their caucus unified while pulling support from three GOP senators to pass the bill as soon as Friday evening.
McCain rejected that strategy and said Democrats should not call the measure “bipartisan” if only a handful of Republicans support it.
“You can call it an agreement, but you cannot call it a bipartisan agreement,” McCain said.
McCain isn’t buying the notion that the point of a stimulus bill is to spend taxpayer money:
In a fiery speech Thursday night before House Democrats, Obama rejected the GOP’s characterization that the stimulus package was merely another spending bill.
“What do you think a stimulus is? That’s the whole point. No, seriously, that’s the point,” Obama said at the retreat in Williamsburg, Va.
On Friday morning, McCain fought back.
“The whole point, Mr. President, is to enact tax cuts and spending measures that truly stimulate the economy,” McCain said. “There are billions and tens of billions of dollars in this bill which will have no effect within three, four, five or more years, or ever. Or ever.”