Needless to say, Barack Obama doesn’t need the votes of any House Republicans to get his budget passed, but the unanimity of the House GOP in rejecting his agenda remains striking. The vast majority of House Republicans, of course, represent conservative districts so it’s no real surprise to see them acting like this. But there still are quite a few House Republicans who represent districts Obama won. Some of them, like Joseph Cao and Mike Castle represent districts that Obama won handily. When you add into the mix the fact that John Boehner really has no inducements at his disposal to offer to members, it’s a real testament to the success of the Club for Growth and others at inspiring fear of primaries into every single Republican member.
As Ezra Klein says, this tends to make you doubt that many Republicans are actually going to cooperate on health care.