A quickie from this morning’s chat with Laura Ingraham courtesy of her producer, Tom Elliott. The observation’s unremarkable — the boss mocks the, er, “B.O. Republicans” several times a day — but it’s unusual to hear them called out this way by one of their own. Here’s the roll on Holder’s confirmation, to which Vitter refers. Maverick voted yes, but is it true that he’s “scared to death” of Obama? If so, why’s his PAC sending me e-mails like this with a link to this petition?

Yesterday, the Senate began debate on an economic stimulus package that is intended to get our economy back on track and help Americans who are suffering through these difficult times. Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the giveaways for the special interests and corporate high rollers, yet short on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy.

The One’s approval rating is still a robust 64 percent, down from a high of 83 during the transition, but he’s bound to take a (small) hit over today’s Daschle/Killefer fiasco. Does that mean more leverage for the GOP in stimulus negotiations? Thanks, tax cheaters!