Just before our Earthlink connection went totally kaput yesterday, I had found this item about the new Republican congressman from Louisiana, Joseph Cao, containing the news that Cao was probably going to break Republican ranks and vote for the stimulus bill.
Remember the GOP's moment of ecstasy last December when Anh "Joseph" Cao beat William Jefferson to become the Republican Party's only gin-you-wine non-white Congressman?
"The Time Is Cao!" gushed Republican Minority Leader John Boehner.
But by the time we got our Earthlink service back late last night, we learned that Cao voted with the rest of his "do nothing and hope for the best" caucus. We can only imagine the thuggish "persuasion" Cao was treated to by way of making him toe the party line.
Or he could always say he had a "conversion" experience. We hear those are popular.