to make a terrible bail-out bill worth taking. The GOP Senate leadership has to know that they will kill the energy that is beginning to return to the party if it agrees to a highly technical set of changes that doesn’t change a bail-out into anything other than a bail-out with a slightly less expensive price tag.
Really, what does the package have for conservatives? If that question can’t be answered succinctly and with a truly persuasive response, the quick collapse of the Senate GOP’s resistance will bode very poorly for the effort to revitalize the NRSC. A 90% bad deal isn’t enough of an improvement over a 95% bad deal.
Get something worth having or walk away. Like a tax cut for MI and OH.
UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin’s thoughts on the RNC chairmanship race reminds me that the would-be chair who comes out swinging against this deal takes a big risk but also gets some big rewards.
UPDATE #2: NRO’s Stephen Sprueill fears exactly what I do: That the GOP will settle for a mugging with only a few broken bones and call it a knock-out for our side. Party leaders will then be surprised when conservatives denounce the deal. That would be a replay of the immigration fiasco where the GOP kept making small changes here and there and couldn’t figure out why their phones didn’t stop ringing with angry former supporters on the other end.
There has to be something worth winning for the final deal to be worth having.