It seems that conservative legislators are really excited about their efforts to block efforts at an economic recovery package:
“We’re standing on our core principles, and the core principle that suffered the most in recent years was fiscal conservatism and economic liberty,” said U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., one of several younger congressmen trying to lead the party’s renewal. “That was the tallest pole in our tent, and we took an ax to it, but now we’re building it back.” [...]
The second-ranking House Republican, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, “What transpired … and will give us a shot in the arm going forward is that we are standing up on principle and just saying ‘no.’”
The public is less entranced by this behavior:
I’m not surprised to see most Republican legislators acting this way. But I really am surprised by how many have been following the Limbaugh Line. Barack Obama won the election pretty handily and he’s quite popular, meaning that even with Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008 there are still a bunch of GOP legislators representing states or districts where Obama is well-liked. I would have expected more “running scared” behavior from that sub-set of the GOP.