There is a view circulating around pretty widely about the Republicans' choices regarding the stimulus. I have heard similar views pretty often the last few days, but here is one sample, from a Daily Kos post:
House Republicans in their view have a choice: vote for a successful bill that credits Democrats, or
vote for an unsuccessful bill that will be used against them down the road. That means that there
is no reason for cooperation from House Republicans.
I can think of one reason for Republicans to vote for a successful bill: it is the right thing to do for the country.
Apparently, we have reached the point where everyone agrees that the Republican party has no responsibility anymore for our general welfare. They have certainly acted this way since, oh, say, 1920 or so, but have we finally given up and agreed that it's okay for them to act in this manner?