No, I'm suggesting that Republican Congresscritters will do what they know perfectly well benefits the economy, when they are the ones being held accountable for the state of the economy. It has nothing to do with "nobly doing what is right," it has to do with their own reelection. And might I suggest that presiding over a bad economy is more toxic to their reelection chances than passing a stimulus bill (which would have, at most, tepid opposition from right-wing pundits if it's done under a Republican's watch).However, I find your argument unique. You are suggesting that Republican Congresscritters will nobly do what is right despite the fact that they will be thrown from office for it. Color me suspicious.
I think you grossly overestimate the Republican Party's desire for ideological consistency, and grossly underestimate its tribalism. Many posters on this very message board, who swear up and down to be conservatives and despise any stimulus signed by Obama, would be the first to defend such a stimulus under a Romney presidency.
Stimulus doesn't seem to provoke the same outrage among Republicans as an individual mandate does. (For that matter, even the individual mandate doesn't provoke any outrage if it's suggested by a Republican. Did you know that there's an individual mandate in Paul Ryan's budget for Medicare? Neither did anyone else.)that is correct, and along with the attempt to impose amnesty, sparked the Tea Party. Stimulus spending is no longer an acceptable platform for a Republican any more than an individual healthcare mandate. To suggest it is effectively to announce that you are retiring/switching parties.
And in any case, they could just create some lovely euphemism if they didn't want to call it a "stimulus," or concoct some rationale for why it's different than Obama's stimulus. That would be sufficient to calm the nerves of Rush Limbaugh, FOX News, and the like. They certainly aren't going to go to war with the Republican Party over an economic stimulus.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Republican Party will instantly change its tune about a number of things, the minute there is a Republican president. Foremost among them are economic stimulus and deficit spending. The historical track record of Republicans supporting contractionary fiscal policies when THEY are the ones in power is...not very good, to say the least.well we'll see. But I think you are living in a bubble if you think Republicans are going to be able to get away with Stimulus Spending, especially anything larger than that last pile of crap.