You have to love the position that Obama has the Republicans in right now. First, this:
The labor-backed, pro-stimulus group Americans United for Change and the public workers’ union AFSCME are going up with a national cable spot, also airing in Washington D.C., with the sharpest attack yet on Republican leaders in the House and Senate.
“Our economy in crisis. Millions out of work. That’s why 80 percent of Americans support a plan like President Obama’s to create jobs. But Republican leaders? They’re ‘just saying no,'” says the ad’s narrator. “No to changing the failed economic policies of the past 8 years. We’re in an economic crisis and Republican leaders are playing politics instead of doing what’s right. Call the Republican Leadership – Tell them NO is not an option.”
The group is also airing regional radio spots targeting 18 House members of both parties and three GOP senators and offering them “second chance” to vote for the plan. Its targets include House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Blue Dog Tennessee Democrat Jim Cooper.
And then there is this:
An influential conservative political action committee is pledging to support primary challenges to any Republican senator who backs the economic stimulus package — the latest public show of dissatisfaction from the right over the massive measure before Congress.
GOP Sens. Arlen Specter and Susan Collins are two of the three Republicans who voted for the stimulus bill.
Three GOP senators voted for the $838 billion compromise version of the package that the Senate approved Tuesday, but all three have said they might not vote for the final version.
“The American people don’t want this trillion-dollar political payoff that will just line the pockets of non-governmental organizations who supported [President Barack] Obama in the election,” said Scott Wheeler, the executive director of The National Republican Trust PAC, an organization that calls for less government spending and lower taxes.
Not a good time to be a Republican.