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February 24, 2010

Jobs Bill That Garners GOP Support Lauded by The Hill as "Democratic Victory"

Good news/bad news here. The bill is relatively tiny in the scheme of Obamanomics -- a mere $15 billion. The bad news is that the pitiable tax breaks it includes are too small to do a damn thing, and the worse news is that it needs to be reconciled with the $154 billion House bill. The $15 billion figure was just, I trust, to get it past the first filibuster. I imagine it will end up a lot closer to $154 billion than $15 billion.

And what will Scott Brown do then? Note he was joined by four other GOPers in voting to end debate.

The Senate voted 70-28 on Wednesday morning to pass a $15 billion jobs package, giving Senate Democrats their first legislative victory of the year.

Thirteen Republicans joined 55 Democrats and two independents to vote for the bill. Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote against it.

Final passage of the bill was made possible by the support of Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) and four other Republicans who voted Monday to cut off a GOP filibuster.

If 11 Republicans voted for it, isn't that "bipartisan"? Bear in mind three Senators and one Representative voting for ObamaCare made that bipartisan. So why exactly is this a "Democrat... victory"?

The media sure is desperate for some good news for the Democrats and Obama supporters, by which I mean themselves.

It also seems a bit early to be clinking the champagne glasses -- the bill will have to be pass the hurdle of filibuster again after it's reconciled up to over $100 billion.

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