The Republicans have taken the first in a long series of steps that will need to be taken to distance themselves from the Bush legacy. Â The stimulus package passed without a single Republican vote. Â Eleven Democrats bucked Pelosi and Obama to vote against this, and they deserve our appreciation too. Â Those Democrats were, Allen Boyd (FL-2), BobbyÂ Bright (AL-2), Jim Cooper (TN-5), Brad Ellsworth (IN-9), Parker Griffith (AL-5), Paul Kanjorski (PA-11), Frank Kratovil (MD-1), Walt Minnick (ID-1), Collin Peterson (MN-7), Heath Shuler (NC-11), and Gene Taylor (MS-4). Â I’m happy that I had the opportunity of helping Paul Kanjorski at a few guns shows near his district in my role as NRA-EVC. Â Glad to see he’s with me on other issues too.
There’s several freshman Democrats in here, and it’s pretty bold to stand up to your party’s Speaker and its President. Â But given that there are a few freshmen in here, I think it’s likely once Pelosi had the votes she needed for passage, she might have told freshman in conservative districts they could vote ‘no’ on this if they felt they had to. Â One lone freshman I could believe was principle. Â Three is probably a back room nod from Pelosi to vote no.