Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio had to fly back to Washington last night to cast the necessary vote for the stimulus bill because Sen. Ted Kennedy was too ill to come to the floor from the hospital. Did it not occur to any of the GOP senators opposing the bill to say, "Sen. Brown, stay at your mother’s wake. I will switch my vote." Any senator who conducted him or herself in such fashion would have no difficulty explaining to the folks back home that while genuinely opposed to the bill, voting for it was an act of kindness to a colleague.
The fact that no GOP senator thought to do so tells you all you need to know about the GOP these days. Having been tossed from the seat of power, they have descended into a Hobbesian metaphor: nasty and brutish, though I hope their time in the political wilderness is anything but short. And the Democrats should seat Al Franken tomorrow.