Kos over at Dailykos.com just did a great post about the sad lessons Obama learned when dealing with Republicans over this stimulus...
Basically, you don't offer them shit up front. Because they'll bitch and whine and moan that it's "$900 Billion dollars worth of PORK!" even though 40% of it was TAX CUTS specifically to get them on board.
So when asked a question last night during the press conference about what lessons he learned, Obama responded:
Now, just in terms of the historic record here, the Republicans were brought in early and were consulted. They were pleasantly surprised and complimentary about the tax cut that were presented in that framework. Those tax cuts are still in there. I mean, I suppose what I could have done is started off with no tax cuts, knowing that I was going to want some and then let them take credit for all of them. And maybe that’s the lesson I learned.
And that, ladies and gentlemen is how things get done in Washington. It took Obama two lousy weeks to realize that you can't come in and act like we're all in this together...you have to treat the Republicans like the spoiled brats they are, let them make their idle threats and smear your ideas with tar and feathers, and THEN give them what you were planning on giving them all along.