My colleague Carol Lee reports that Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar won't accompany President Obama to his home state tomorrow, despite an invitation from the president.
Indiana's other senator, Democrat Evan Bayh, will be aboard Air Force One, along with six current and former members of Congress, one of whom, Brad Ellsworth, voted against the House bill.
A White House official confirmed that Lugar had been invited; a Lugar spokesman didn't respond to a question of why the senator would not be present.
Also on the trip: Rep. Fred Upton, who represents a district in Michigan along the Indiana border, who voted against the stimulus package in the House. But he also immediately issued a statement afterwards signaling he could be persuaded.
Obama lapdog Brian Howey will just be in tears over this news.
Perhaps Sen. Lugar is skeptical about voting for a plan Bloomberg tells us will provide up to $5.7 trillion more in bailout spending for the nation's financial system. Remember my post from Friday on Obama's Three Card Monte Game?