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The plan has an enormous price tag, and it will be months or even years before it's clear if the plan works. We're going to talk about all of this with NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts, who joins us more Monday mornings. Cokie, good morning.
COKIE ROBERTS: Good morning, Steve, welcome back.
INSKEEP: Thank you. Glad to be back. When we talk about fierce Republican opposition, I want to play a little bit of tape here. This is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in a heated discussion on ABC News.
LINDSEY GRAHAM: If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country is screwed. I know bipartisanship when I see it. I participated in it. There's nothing about this process that's been bipartisan.
INSKEEP: Cokie Roberts, the president was hoping for 80 votes in the Senate on his stimulus plan. It fell a little short.
ROBERTS: The president's chief, one of his chief aides, David Axelrod, said yesterday the trajectory is horrible on unemployment, and he's hoping that this stimulus package will slow things down.
INSKEEP: Well, now, let me ask about the politics of this, because you did have, as you said, all but three Republicans in the Senate voting no. You had every Republican in the House of Representatives voting against this package. Do Republicans think the public is going to reward them for opposing the president on this?
ROBERTS: Of course, the risk for the Republicans is that it might work. And of course for the country they have to hope it does work. So, they're in the position the Democrats were in when the Republicans were in power, which is not a good position - sitting around hoping that the economy is bad. Of course, for the Democrats, that did happen; it did go bad.
INSKEEP: Cokie, let me ask about a Democratic senator, one of the new ones; Roland Burris, the appointee from Illinois, seems to be in a little bit of trouble.
ROBERTS: The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants to see what happens in Illinois, as he looks at this situation. So, it's another messy Illinois political story.
INSKEEP: Okay. News analysis on this Monday morning from NPR's Cokie Roberts. Thanks very much.
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