Monday, September 29, 2008


Today in a stunning defeat of HR 3997 - the famous Paulson $700 Billion dollar rescue plan - we saw clear proof of loss of leadership of George Bush and John McCain.

This led to the DOW dropping 777 points !

The final vote came down as follows

The Republicans immediately put out their childish statement by resident idiot Eric Cantor (R) from Virginia:
"Right here is the reason I believe why this vote failed," Cantor said, "and this is Speaker Pelosi's speech that frankly struck the tone of partisanship that frankly was inappropriate in this discussion."
This astounds me as the most ridiculous statement that demonstrates a clear lack of accountability and responsibility!

Barney Frank (D) NY summed it up best:
"Because somebody hurt their feelings, they decided to punish the country."

"Give me those twelve people's names, and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them, and tell them what wonderful people they are, and maybe they'll think about the country."
Let's be honest here, they didn't have the votes because they put their own jobs and political ideology on the line. They are cowards, because they knew that they would be voted out of office if they voted for this measure.

We are already seeing credit impacts with two European Banks failing - Belgium's Fortis and Britains B&B banks have both been nationalized.

Only time will reveal the full impact. My personal opinion is that this was a BIG mistake by the House Republicans.

Biggest Loser is John McCain, given his political gimmick of going to Washington DC last week to "rescue" the bailout plan

From the NY Times:
Senator John McCain had intended to ride back into Washington on Thursday as a leader who had put aside presidential politics to help broker a solution to the financial crisis. Instead he found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a clear public message for how to bring it to an end.
At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting.

From the Washington Post, Jonathan Weisman provides an insiders look into what happened in that meeting:

Pelosi said Obama would speak for the Democrats. Though later he would pepper Paulson with questions, according to a Republican in the room, his initial point was brief: "We've got to get something done."
Bush turned to McCain, who joked, "The longer I am around here, the more I respect seniority." McCain then turned to Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to speak first.

Boehner was blunt. The plan Paulson laid out would not win the support of the vast majority of House Republicans. It had been improved on the edges, with an oversight board and caps on the compensation of participating executives. But it had to be changed at the core. He did not mention the insurance alternative, but Democrats did. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, pressed Boehner hard, asking him if he really intended to scrap the deal and start again.

No, Boehner replied, he just wanted his members to have a voice. Obama then jumped in to turn the question on his rival: "What do you think of the [insurance] plan, John?" he asked repeatedly. McCain did not answer.

One Republican in the room said it was clear that the Democrats came into the meeting with a "game plan" aimed at forcing McCain to choose between the administration and House Republicans. "They had taken McCain's request for a meeting and trumped it," said this source.

Congressional aides from both parties were standing in the lobby of the West Wing, unaware of the discord inside the Cabinet room, when McCain emerged alone, shook the hands of the Marines at the door and left. The aides were baffled. The plan had been for a bipartisan appearance before the media, featuring McCain, Obama and at least a firm statement in favor of intervention. Now, one of the leading men was gone.

This play at leadership by John McCain was clearly not there. McCain will probably lose politically from his gamble, and as we all know, McCain loves to gamble.

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