Joel Brown vs. Ivan Fernandez.
Predictions anyone? Our poll has Fernandez ahead 46% to 36%.
The Senate passed the stimulus bill on Tuesday 61-37. Now the Senate and the House have to conference to work out the differences.
Query: Which party will have the most clout in these negotiations?
If you said "the republicans" you are correct. If you said "the republicans, and more specifically the three moderate republicans in the senate that voted for the bill" you really would be correct.
You see, without Senators Snowe, Spector, and Collins, the three moderate republicans who voted for the bill, the bill could not be brought for a vote. If the House does not give these three moderate senators almost all of what they want, they withdraw their support and the bill will not get passed.
Thus we see the strange and deliberate rules of the Senate at work. House Democrats are not a happy bunch, but they can count to sixty with the best of them, and they realize they have to deal with Senators Spector, Snowe and Collins.
In watching the coverage of administration officials trying to explain the stimulus package, we get the distinct feeling that nobody is really sure what is going on, and what impact the bill will have.