Given that Obama is popular, the stimulus plan enjoys broadbased support and most people hate the Republican congressional caucus -- and that Obama explicitly made attempts to solicit GOP support for his bill (and embraced tax cuts) -- The Brawler wonders if Obama will be taking a new bargaining stance now that House Republicans voted en bloc against the bill.
I'm sure Rahm Emanuel knows the scene by heart:
Senator Pat Geary: I can get you a gaming license. The price is $250,000.
Michael Corleone: Now, the price of a gaming license it less than $20,000. Is that correct?
Senator Pat Geary: Yes.
Michael Corleone: So why would I ever consider paying more than that?
Senator Pat Geary: Because I intend to squeeze you. ...
Senator Pat Geary: I want your answer and the money by noon tomorrow. And one more thing. Don't you contact me again, ever. From now on, you deal with Turnbull.
Michael Corleone: Senator? You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.
He and Boehner have the same tan!