It looks like a handful of Senate Republicans have dropped this whole “poisoning the well” nonsense, although it’s hard to say for how long. My read on Lindsay Graham in particular is he likes being in the press to talk about how he’s working on bipartisan compromises infinitely more than he likes actually crafting and passing potentially controversial legislation. Especially since doing the latter requires keeping the entire Democratic caucus together while also rounding up a couple votes from his own caucus, which is hard and ugly work.
But who knows, really? Maybe a couple of Republican Senators will surprise us. Scott Brown voted for the jobs bill, after all; although, needless to say, there aren’t many other members of the increasingly regional party who have to worry about a constituency as liberal as his.