South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, head of the Republican Governors Association, is leading the charge.
Sanford told CBS’ “The Early Show”:
Again, being against it doesn't preclude taking the money.
Brit Hume told Fox News Bret Bair:
The classic dilemma that politicians face: the choice between their policy preferences and their political needs… But they also represent people and interests which will undoubtedly benefit from the money or at least some of it.
In the end, it is likely these governors will hold their noses and take the money or most of it.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn observed that a lot of those people are black folks:
It’s kind of interesting, because there’s a colored thread that ran through that. The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Louisiana has the highest African-American population in the country. The governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas and the governor of South Carolina – these four governors represent states that are in the proverbial Black Belt. I was particularly insulted by that.
Meanwhile, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele wants to put a black face on policies that have been rejected by voters in two consecutive national elections. He hopes to persuade younger voters, blacks and Hispanics to hold their noses and vote for Republican candidates.
Steele told the Washington Times:
We need messengers to really capture that region -- young, Hispanic, black, a cross section ... We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-suburban hip-hop settings.
It will be avant-garde, technically. It will come to table with things that will surprise everyone -- off the hook.
Fo shizzle, it will be off the hook and off the wall.