The Break’s Over

So Ben Nelson and Arlen Specter are so confident of the virtues of their economically groundless stimulus amendment that they’re willing to throw their compromise fetish out the window and oppose any further changes to the bill in conference committee. Awesome. It’s good to know that Obama has good, honest partners in the middle of the aisle.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: there’s a right lesson to learn from this. It’s the lesson the public has learned, given polling that shows the public approves of Obama’s handling of the stimulus and detests the Republicans’ tactics. It’s the lesson Nancy Pelosi seems to have learned, given her determination to get education spending back into the bill, Nelson and Specter be damned. And it’s high time Obama learned it to: screw these guys over. They had their chance to be responsible governing partners, but they blew it. From hereon out, consider them enemies and work to destroy them.

Repeal PAYGO. Abolish the filibuster with the nuclear option. Use the budget reconciliation process like Rush uses OxyContin. Ram through health care and energy legislation with absolute no grace or subtlety. And for good measure, raise millions and millions of dollars to make sure John Thune, Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint are out of jobs come 2010.

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