Where Was McCain?


Should John McCain have been leading the mutiny?

The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation’s financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive into recession without it.

Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was announced on the House floor.

If it’s really about pandering for McCain, this would have been a beautiful opportunity to separate himself once and for all from the President. Instead, Nancy Pelosi is taking the heat for the defeat of the bailout, as a result of a nasty, partisan speech she gave in advance of the vote.

Several Republican aides said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had torpedoed any spirit of bipartisanship that surrounded the bill with her scathing speech near the close of the debate that blamed Bush’s policies for the economic turmoil.

Without mentioning her by name, Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., No. 3 Republican, said: “The partisan tone at the end of the debate today I think did impact the votes on our side.”

Putnam said lawmakers were working “to garner the necessary votes to avoid a financial collapse.”

But the defeat was already causing a brutal round of finger-pointing.

“We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said. Pelosi’s words, the Ohio Republican said, “poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south.”

Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the whip, estimated that Pelosi’s speech changed the minds of a dozen Republicans who might otherwise have supported the plan.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., scoffed at the explanation.

“Well if that stopped people from voting, then shame on them,” he said. “If people’s feelings were hurt because of a speech and that led them to vote differently than what they thought the national interest (requires), then they really don’t belong here. They’re not tough enough.”

More than a repudiation of Democrats, Frank said, Republicans’ refusal to vote for the bailout was a rejection of their own president.

One Response to “Where Was McCain?”

  1. 1 Anonymous

    Pelosi is a big windbag. When will she ever stop her whining, bitching and blaming EVERYTHING on Bush. How long has she been the Speaker(God only knows how she got there) and how long have we had a mostly deomocrat congress who are the ones who make the laws?
    These idiotic, self-absorbed slimy “public servants” and the greedy CEOS of banks got us into this mess, and they are all responsible for this grave situation.
    All politicans ever do is CAMPAIGN. They never do the job that is expected of them. Yep, let’s see how long they will continue their “celebrity” life sytle. May every single one of you get voted out. You are pathetic.

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