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McCain Campaign Blames Obama, Democrats After Bailout Bill Defeat

Updated 5:21 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear and Paul Kane
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After bragging today about his role in shaping the economic bailout package, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made no statement to the press after the defeat of the bill, in part at the hands of House Republicans.

Instead, McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane, where he sat in front, separated from reporters by a brown curtain, without making a comment on the bill's defeat.

On Sunday, he said he would "swallow hard" but vote for the plan, which he said was better than originally proposed.

Later, his campaign's senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin issued a statement blaming Democrats and presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the bill's defeat.

"From the minute John McCain suspended his campaign and arrived in Washington to address this crisis, he was attacked by the Democratic leadership: Senators Obama and Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others," Holtz-Eakin said. "Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families."

The adviser also blamed remarks delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising President Bush's free market economic policies, for pushing Republicans away from the bill.

"Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill," Holtz-Eakin said. "Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome. This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country."

The entire Arizona and Alaska House delegations voted against the bailout bill, as did a majority of Republicans.

The majority of Democrats voted yes on the measure.

McCain still plans to travel to Des Moines, Iowa; whether he will return to Washington, D.C., to deal with the aftermath of the bill's defeat remains unclear.

Meanwhile, Democrats on the Hill began circulating a comment McCain strategist Steve Schmidt made on the bailout bill negotiations on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, taking credit for helping bring House Republicans along.

"What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this," Schmidt had said.

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lost 2k yesterday in my retirement and god knows how much in my daughters college savings plan while McCain plays footsie with politics.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 30, 2008 1:13 PM
?????????????

JRM2-

Thank your Democrat Legislators for resisting additional regulations on Fannie and Freddie- see McCain ad on Redstate.com AND soon on your tv screen- But don't believe me...see ABC news for Bill Clinton's appearance on GM America last week.


Chris Cuomo, ABC News: "A little surprising for you to hear the Democrats saying, 'This came out of nowhere, this is all about the Republicans. We had nothing to do with this.' Nancy Pelosi saying it. She signed the '99 Gramm Bill. She knew what was going on with the SEC. They're all sophisticated people. Is that playing politics in this situation
President Clinton: "Well, maybe everybody does that a little bit. I think the responsibility the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

http://www.politico.com/playbook/


Posted by: thecannula | September 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It is not Sarah who scares me. It’s the alpha male grandpa who insists on thumping his chest in belligerence like an old chimp in the zoo.

He is a pathetic person. His angry and irrational temperament should instantly disqualify him from being anywhere near the nuclear trigger.

During the debate John McCain would not even look at his opponent. Do we expect him to negotiate with our allies or adversaries when they don’t always agree with him? To me, he comes across as hostile, impatient, sarcastic and lacking any respect for others- including himself.

Dangerous traits in a statesman. His eyes are getting more glazed and crazy looking every day.

I’ll take a clueless, good hearted Sarah any day over this angry, disdainful curmudgeon.

Viet-Nam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | September 30, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Today I was reading an article that showed a "Country First" sign from the McCain campaign. My daughter asked, "Is that another bank that's failing?"

Well, sort of : ).

Posted by: rd3309 | September 30, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

It is not Sarah who scares me. It’s the alpha male grandpa who insists on thumping his chest in belligerence like an old chimp in the zoo.

He is a pathetic person. His angry and irrational temperament should instantly disqualify him from being anywhere near the nuclear trigger.

During the debate John McCain would not even look at his opponent. Do we expect him to negotiate with our allies or adversaries when they don’t always agree with him? To me, he comes across as hostile, impatient, sarcastic and lacking any respect for others- including himself.

Dangerous traits in a statesman. His eyes are getting more glazed and crazy looking every day.

I’ll take a clueless, good hearted Sarah any day over this angry, disdainful curmudgeon.

Viet-Nam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | September 30, 2008 3:20 AM | Report abuse

The Financial Meltdown of the USA = ALL BUSH and THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S FAULT, PERIOD. They caused this, ALL of it!!

Posted by: Hillary08 | September 30, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

harried

Are you completely daft? It's your party that welcomes and honors ol Barney and his house of prostitution.

Posted by: Clingingtomyrights | September 30, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

harried

Are you completely daft? It's your party that welcomes and honors ol Barney and his house of prostitution.

Posted by: Clingingtomyrights | September 30, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a compulsive gambler. It take one to know one.

Posted by: r4147824 | September 30, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a compulsive gambler. It take one to know one.

Posted by: r4147824 | September 30, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn't stop the process! Half of the Illinois delegation voted against the proposal--5 Republicans and FOUR Democrats. Democrats and Republicans alike voted against the bailout bill. To accuse Obama of partisanship is over reaching.

Wasn't it McCain who met with House Republicans BEFORE he met at the White House with Congressional leaders? Wasn't it McCain who just sat there, while those who were busy trying to hammer out a deal participated in heated debate? And according to those who sat with Bush, McCain had nothing to add to the discussion. But he sure smiled and showed his pearly whites when the camera caught him in an individual shot.

Andy Kaufman did a skit on Saturday Night Live with a glass of water and a song playing, and when his cue came, he stood up out of his chair, used his left hand to wave slowly down from an overhead position--The words were 'Here I Come to Save The Day'. The song this campaign season should be 'Ain't That A Kick In The Head'.

Some Maverick!!

Posted by: jrev7620042000 | September 29, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Is Karl Rove a fat "SISSY"? What about Scmidt, his "BACKDOOR PROTEGE"? These Repubs are a very "QUEER" party!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I think Nancy Pelosi gave a great retort,,no complaints,,and she's got Karl Rove in the corner! WORK TO THE FAT BELLY NANCY, with a punch South to the Groin every ninth! LET"S STAND THIS NAZI GESTAPO UP HOLDING HIS BALLS!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Help me, I'm L O S I N G !!!!

Posted by: kinoworks | September 29, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pouting like a playground bully who has been decked by the new kid on the block.

McCain is demonstrating an infantile behavior pattern all too similar to that of the spoiled brat currently occupying the White House.

Whether McCain has entered his second childhood or still is clinging to his first, he lacks the maturity and judgment to be President.

Posted by: northernliberal | September 29, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pouting like a playground bully who has been decked by the new kid on the block.

McCain is demonstrating an infantile behavior pattern all too similar to that of the spoiled brat currently occupying the White House.

Whether McCain has entered his second childhood or still is clinging to his first, he lacks the maturity and judgment to be President.

Posted by: northernliberal | September 29, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pouting like a playground bully who has been decked by the new kid on the block.

McCain is demonstrating an infantile behavior pattern all too similar to that of the spoiled brat currently occupying the White House.

Whether McCain has entered his second childhood or still is clinging to his first, he lacks the maturity and judgment to be President.

Posted by: northernliberal | September 29, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I thik Nancy Pelosi gave a great retort,,no complaints,,and she's got Karl Rove in the corner! WORK TO THE FAT BELLY NANCY, with a punch South to the Groin every ninth! LET"S STAND THIS NAZI GESTAPO UP HOLDING HIS BALLS!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pouting like a playground bully who has been decked by the new kid on the block.

McCain is demonstrating an infantile behavior pattern all too similar to that of the spoiled brat currently occupying the White House.

Whether McCain has entered his second childhood or still is clinging to his first, he lacks the maturity and judgment to be President.

Posted by: northernliberal | September 29, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Wake up America!!!

Today, without a shadow of a doubt, McCain has lost all credibility. How can any sane person continue to support this madman?

Last week he rushes to Washington to save the day, only to torpedo any possibility of Congress getting the job done...to declaring he wins a debate BEFORE it even begins.

Now this week, he claims to have carried a bill to passage before it's voted down, and even worse can't even carry the votes of his own party. Then to add all kinds of salt to the wounds of his credibility says now is not the time to blame, then goes ahead an blames the Democrats.

Whatever the faults of bill, at least the Democrats and Obama are trying to do something to get the job done.

All the GOP wants to hide in a corner and nurse their wounded egos. That isn't governance, it's petulance...the LAST thing America deserves in her hour of need.

Posted by: ethanquern | September 29, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain is trying to play political posturing so fast, he can't get his timing right.Posted by:
JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

____________________________

The last TIMING the old fossil could do was the "CHA-CHA"!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I just have this feeling that the failure of this bill might be the end of the road for McCain. He showed he can't influence even his own party - thought he was going to be the saviour. Then he blames Obama, then Pelosi. Sorry if Pelosi's speech was over the top and your egos were insulted, but c'mon guys, grow a set!

Posted by: jerzygrl | September 29, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

If George Bush gets shot tonight will the DOW go up or down tomorrow?

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

no one actually believes that a repub decided to vote against saving the nation because his or her feelings were bruised by Pelosi's speech. anyone who actually admitted that the bill was the right thing and that they changed their vote to spite Pelosi should resign in disgrace. no need, it was just that much more posturing - a lie to use for cover to kill the bill and blame the party that voted for it.

McCain is trying to play political posturing so fast, he can't get his timing right. he claims there's an impasse too late (after the compromise had been reached) then rides in to town to help save the day (only to blow it up), then claims victory (before all the votes he claimed to have disappeared) and blames Obama (way to late for anyone to believe)

leadership? can't even get a single republican congressman from his own state delegation to vote for the bill. wow.

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it the House Republicans that weren't interested in a deal?

Why don't they divide the bailout among every American citizen over 18 that doesn't have a criminal record? That would help pay off mortgages and increase spending in a shaky economy.

Posted by: ceeveg | September 29, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh,

Donde esta Senor;

Mitt Romney?

I'd have to imagine;

HE, might have;

A CLUE!

Mitt Romney/ Mike Huckabee or Alan Keyes instead of loser Congressional Clowns!

Que the Choir...


"Hallelujah!, HALLELUJAH!!!!!"

"Hallelujah-Hallelujah...."

Posted by: SAINT---The | September 29, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The only thing McCain has going for him now is fear: fear of blacks, fear of financial disaster. I believe the record shows that McCain has actually prevented the sensible resolution of the financial crisis in his own political interest. He can only use fear to steer the average person away from examining his record or reflecting about how badly he and Palin actually grasp the complexities of the real and modern world, or how inept they are at dealing with issues that require people to come together over principles. America is in real trouble if he becomes president, because then his sponsors will know that they can get away with anything, and they will.

Posted by: insighter | September 29, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

no one actually believes that a repub decided to vote against saving the nation because his or her feelings were bruised by Pelosi's speech. anyone who actually admitted that the bill was the right thing and that they changed their vote to spite Pelosi should resign in disgrace. no need, it was just that much more posturing - a lie to use for cover to kill the bill and blame the party that voted for it.

McCain is trying to play political posturing so fast, he can't get his timing right. he claims there's an impasse too late (after the compromise had been reached) then rides in to town to help save the day (only to blow it up), then claims victory (before all the votes he claimed to have disappeared) and blames Obama (way to late for anyone to believe)

leadership? can't even get a single republican congressman from his own state delegation to vote for the bill. wow.

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Folks, I'm almost seventy years...did some service,,we showed our draft card to get a beer back then,,so,,,

I've always lived life, real life, through the folks that live it, day, to day! Those of us ...the intellectuals and the gamblers that sit on milk boxes and played Knock Rhummy! We're what makes the country go! Please do not give an inch to these "GARAFOLAS" that say...."Bad Is Comming Unless You Obey"!

That's what I say!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

"Dodd is the current committee chair and was the ranking member of the committee at the time. The Bill, Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, was killed by the committee in 2006."

Republicans controlled that committee 11-9 and it was Sarbanes, not Dodd, who was the ranking member in 2005. In any event, the Republicans had the numbers to send it to the Senate floor but chose not to.

Posted by: rmiller19 | September 29, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

What happened to McCain's leadership? He cannot convince his own party members to vote for the bail-out. If he is a real Maverick he should suspend his campaign indefinitely for the sake of the country till the bill is passed. May be Sarah Palin should inspire and lead those conservative republicans to vote for the bill.:-). If McCain becomes the president the republicans will run away from him just like they are running away from Bush. McCain=Bush.

Posted by: mka2 | September 29, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to rename the "Straight Talk Express" to the "Straight Talk Suppress"

Posted by: rmiller19 | September 29, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Dodd is the current committee chair and was the ranking member of the committee at the time. The Bill, Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, was killed by the committee in 2006.

The point remains – one candidate foresaw the crisis and introduced legislation to prevent it. The other cozied up with those who created the crisis.

Posted by: MAurelius | September 29, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

America, Be Afraid. Be Very, Very Afraid.
Posted by: Texan2007 | September 29, 2008 10:01 PM |
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I don't like people that tell me to "BE AFRAID" you Texan Moron!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I donated money to McCain's campaign in 2000 but cannot believe how much the 2008 edition has changed. He has become a classic sleazy politician who will do and say anything to get elected. That makes him no worse of course than most of the rest, but his choice of Palin is inexcusable. He put winning over his country there. I don't care who he's running against, I'm voting for whoever will keep McCain out of the White House.

Posted by: bpai_99 | September 29, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

We have a Republican President. The Democratic congress has only been in control for a short period of time and has NEVER had enough votes to do anything but teeter. The hands off policy which has killed Wall Street is the same policy now being uttered by the same idiots who have profited from the same lobbyists and companies who have benefited from no regulation and it is precisely that "do whatever you want and we will look the other way while the market works" mentality which requires that we know dig ourselves out of this hole. AND after both leadership recommended this bailout (the absence of which has strangled investments here and abroad) Republican Freedom riders have taken up their marbles, leaving the Republican leadership (which recommended the bailout) to abandon the American people and give as an explanation that Nancy Pelosi (who is admittedly pathetic) hurt their feelings. Does this guy have a pulse because everything coming out of his mouth is infested with the parasites that feed on a dead body. No one—not even President Bush—could be this disingenuous and stupid at this most desperate time.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | September 29, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

OOPS! My last ,,matter of fact my last four..Palin is a downer..propaganda ploys have hit the rocks.
Does anyone need an overused prapagandist?

Yours unsincerely,
Karl Rove

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

If Americans think this was a big check, just put Obama into office.
Obama, Nancy and the whole Democrat majority will be running around
voting YES WE CAN to every give away they even thought about. Yes, A BIG, BIG BLANK CHECK for Obama, Nancy and the MAJORITY Democrat Congress. 700 Billion is their pocket "change."
America, Be Afraid. Be Very, Very Afraid.

Posted by: Texan2007 | September 29, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

wow, the whole Alaska delegation?

Posted by: iago423 | September 29, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"Democrat Chris Dodd, Banking Committee Chairman, refused to allow the legislation out of committee for a vote."

Republicans controlled the Senate in 2005, so the Banking Committee Chairman would have been a REPUBLICAN.

Nice try though...

Posted by: rmiller19 | September 29, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

In 2005, three years before the current crisis, John McCain predicted the coming catastrophe and sponsored legislation to prevent it.

The Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 would have created an independent regulatory agency to provide oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nearly collapsed government sponsored mortgages houses that precipitated the current meltdown. He spoke forcefully on the Senate floor about mismanagement, bad book keeping, and dangerous loan making practices in introducing the legislation. He called out Fannie Chief Franklin Raines for unethical practices and misleading book keeping.

Democrat Chris Dodd, Banking Committee Chairman, refused to allow the legislation out of committee for a vote.

At the same time, Obama was accepting huge campaign donations from the government sponsored mortgage houses, eventually making him their second largest political money recipient. Now, he consults Raines as an economic advisor.

Barack Obama claims to better understand our economic pain, but Barack Obama takes money and advice from the people who caused our pain. He says that John McCain isn’t one of us, but John McCain predicted the current crisis and offered legislation to prevent it.

Who is really more qualified to manage the economy?

Posted by: MAurelius | September 29, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I know all politicians sometimes lie or stretch the truth but McCain has gotten to the point where nothing truthful crosses his lips.

Posted by: rmiller19 | September 29, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

definitely party over country here and throughout most of McCain's campaign. His own party killed this bailout and instead of offering any solutions, he just lays into Obama and the Dems. We'll see who's still playing games when people lose their retirement savings. Sadly, this is already happening to many while the republicans and their candidate for pres play the crisis for whatever political gain they think they can get.

Posted by: birdaa | September 29, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

"What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this," Schmidt had said.
_____________________________

Scmmidt and Rove need a weekend away to "LOVE"!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are going to be out of power for a generation.

Posted by: dastubbs | September 29, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in tatters. The plan is falling apart. Bush/Rove/Paulson overhyped the crisis to trap the Democrats. Bush was used as the sacrificial lamb, since he's already toast. It hasn't worked quite right, and now the republicans are being exposed. McCain is in panic mode and will resort to flailing, he will blow a gasket. This is amazing.

Posted by: castillomark | September 29, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Take 3 minutes now or later:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-thc-sWNcGU

Posted by: kkrimmer | September 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me. Did anyone listen to Pelosi? What a moron. She sabotage this.
Posted by: acarponzo | September 29, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse
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Of course! She made sure the NEOCONS would vote for it,,after all, it's they that caused the FRIGGIN CRISIS!

GOD JOB NANCY,,KEEP SWINGING!!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain Campaign Blames Obama, Democrats After Bailout Bill Defeat

ONE SICK SENILE OLD MAN...

S.E.C. Concedes Oversight Flaws Fueled Collapse
By STEPHEN LABATON
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a longtime proponent of deregulation, acknowledged on Friday that failures in a voluntary supervision program for Wall Street’s largest investment banks had contributed to the global financial crisis, and he abruptly shut the program down.

MCCAIN A LIFELONG DEREGULATION ADVOCATE - NOW HE'S FOR REGULATION?

MAKE UP YOUR MIND JOHN!

NOCAIN -08

Posted by: kkrimmer | September 29, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

NEXT UP: THE SNOW QUEEN!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me. Did anyone listen to Pelosi? What a moron. She sabotage this.
http://www.boppoll.com

I am still for Obama '08.

Go figure!

Posted by: acarponzo | September 29, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"McCain Campaign Blames Obama, Democrats After Bailout Bill Defeat"

Definitely no change with McCain. Partisan, divisive. A party over country politician like George W Bush.

Posted by: RMB2 | September 29, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I personally dare a GOP neocon to hold a cardboard sign on any off ramp anyplace USA and the sign say....."Iam a Repub Neocon and your all a bunch of whiners"

Do you #1 get run over by a tractor trailer driver?
#2 Get stabbed by a knitting needle weilding grandmother?
#3 Get gang raped by a crowd of homeless Iraqi war vets?
#4 Tap your foot and make sexually suggestive moves towards the horse the cop is riding towards you?
#5 Get beat bloody by the locals at the VFW who heard you were there?
#6 You begin crying because you say Pelosi hurt your widdle feelings?
You get the picture!

Posted by: garygelormino1 | September 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The rejected bailout bill that was on the floor after a weekend of hard negotiating was objectionable in many ways, but it was a Republican-generated bill and was improved from the administration’s original version. Sixty percent of House Democrats voted for the bill, enough to easily pass the measure if the Republicans had not decided to put on their display of pique and disarray.
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Well I never thought I would say this "THANK YOU REPUBLICANS"! I Know Karl Rove figured he would box Nancy in,,right? DIE NEOCONS, DIE!!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is reading Rove's script "RIGHT INTO THE FAcE OF THIS" and the Washington Post refuses to post this:

D.......140 Y 95 N
R....... 65 Y 133 N
Total...205 Y 228 N

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

OUCH!!!..This looks really, really bad for the repubs. Hows that Bush economy going now GOP'ers? They were all waving pom poms and cheerleading how great the Bush economy was doing 3 weeks ago....hahahahaha...HEY!!! wasn't Bush a cheerleader in school also? OH WAIT!!!! Yes he was... http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blbushcheerleader.htm

Posted by: garygelormino1 | September 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

If McCain was so influential during this process then why did ALL 8 of Arizona's Representatives vote NO?

You would think he could at least muster some support amongst Congressmen back home to follow his lead. After all the Democrats blew this one up right?

Posted by: nddicola | September 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Look. John McCain is raeding Roves script..it's the Democrat's fault right into this:

D.....140 Y 95 N
R..... 65 Y 133 N
Total.205 Y 228 N

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

The McCain Campaign Firing Squad:

"Form a Circle!"

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"Look. John McCain is dying. Wouldn't you like to die POTUS? Posted by: harried "

The REPUBLICANS would sure like that. Then they would have SP as president and whoever was her puppeteer to run the country from Cheney's Fuhrer Bunker.

Or hasn't that scary thought occurred to you yet?

Posted by: ceflynline | September 29, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

So, let me get this straight. The majority of democrats voted for the bill, and the majority of republicans voted against. Yet the McCain campaign has the balls to blame the democrats for the bill being voted down.

Wow. Just...wow.

Posted by: blukens1 | September 29, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Mission Accomplished" Part 2. McCain Style.

"This bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain... This is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain. He's been the guy whose name is at the top of major pieces of legislation for a long time."
-- Mitt Romney, NBC's Today show, 9/29/08

"What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this"
-- Steve Schmidt, NBC's Meet the Press, 9/28/08

Posted by: jelow | September 29, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

What an asswipe this McCain is.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | September 29, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Taking personal credit for putting together a plan and getting it passed ....then placing the blame on the Democrats and Obama when it doesn't actually pass.


John McCain's vision of leadership and bipartisanship in full display.

Posted by: Seytom1 | September 29, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is acting like the petulant chilld, taking their marbles and slinking home because they felt slighted by Pelosi's speech laying blame on the Bush administration. They would rather see the global economy collapse than let the Democrats get more credit than they believe is justified.

GROW UP!

Meanwhile, McCain spent the past few days grandstanding and taking credit for bringing the GOP into the fold to support the bailout plan which he claimed to support. If he cannot manage to rally his own party to support his own positions, how does he expect to rally the very bipartisan nation if elected?

McCain claims to believe in "Country First", but actions speak louder than words.

Posted by: labman57 | September 29, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain will do or say anthing, it is so sad. He should quit trying to shift the blame and do what Palin would do, ask Todd.

Posted by: tmccbo | September 29, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to take attention away from the near crisis, but take a little break and check out video of Palin in Ohio and the coming crisis.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/29/vp.debate/index.html

Posted by: protagoras | September 29, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

No one is buying what McCain and the GOP are selling. No one.

Posted by: Goombay | September 29, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

no leadership, no guts, no mccain

obama 08

Posted by: mikey4 | September 29, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Look. John McCain is dying. Wouldn't you like to die POTUS?

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Someone on the Republican side needs to pull McCain aside and tell him to quit playing freaking politics with this bailout.

Our economy is on the verge of collapse and McCain, who is an economic know-nothing, is only making things worse.


Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who almost sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops have failed to follow his lead. he said he would reluctantly vote for the bill; his Republicans voted against it. So much for his leadership.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and becomes more so every day.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Holtz-Eakin on TV. What a liar. Did not hear a single true fact emerge from his mouth. Obviously fits in well with the McCain team. New slogan: all lies all the time.

Posted by: ncarver1 | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The vote was:

D......140 Y 95 N
R...... 65 Y 133 N
Total..205 Y 228 N

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Who blames is for teasing children! Karl Rove came up with a plan to brand Democrats "COMMUNISTS" and Nancy Pelosi stuck it to him! Read the vote. It was not the Democrats that sunk the bill, it was Rove's Zombies! And if the ZOMBIES sink the country because they got called "NAMES",,,well goes to show you, huh?

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain promised, I quote

"McCain said last week he would put his campaign on hold in order to help craft a deal and threatened not to participate in Friday's debate, although he eventually relented. But Democrats noted he had not brought enough Republicans on board to win passage."

I think he should permanently put his campaign on hold, and not participate in election itself. He is a dis-honorable person, who has put himself first.

Posted by: jiffy1 | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who almost sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops have failed to follow his lead. he said he would reluctantly vote for the bill; his Republicans voted against it. So much for his leadership.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and becomes more so every day.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama urges calm, and McCain send out some goof ball to blame the dems. If McCain keeps it up, he'll take the whole GOP with him in November. Any words from Palin?

Posted by: protagoras | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Holtz-Eakin on TV. What a liar. Did not hear a single true fact emerge from his mouth. Obviously fits in well with the McCain team. New slogan: all lies all the time.

Posted by: ncarver1 | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops have failed to follow his lead.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and becomes more so every day.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who almost sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops have failed to follow his lead. he said he would reluctantly vote for the bill; his Republicans voted against it. So much for his leadership.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and becomes more so every day.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops have failed to follow his lead.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and becomes more so every day.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama urges calm, and McCain send out some goof ball to blame the dems. If McCain keeps it up, he'll take the whole GOP with him in November. Any words from Palin?

Posted by: protagoras | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

John McCain promised, I quote

"McCain said last week he would put his campaign on hold in order to help craft a deal and threatened not to participate in Friday's debate, although he eventually relented. But Democrats noted he had not brought enough Republicans on board to win passage."

I think he should permanently put his campaign on hold, and not participate in election itself. He is a dis-honorable person, who has put himself first.

Posted by: jiffy1 | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is at "debate camp".

The McCain/Palin ticket gets more and more bizarre as the days go by.

If you put a map of the middle east before Sarah Palin with no names on it, do you think she could name the countries?

Is someone who couldn't do that, particularly when we are at war in that part of the world, are they 'qualified' to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Someone on the Republican side needs to pull McCain aside and tell him to quit playing freaking politics with this bailout.

Our economy is on the verge of collapse and McCain, who is an economic know-nothing, is only making things worse.


Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

All members from Arizona and Alaska voted against the bailout? Surely not - after all McCain and Palin "have the leadership" for these troubled times.

Couldn't they get together and bring in at least ONE vote?

Posted by: KHMJr | September 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone on the Republican side needs to pull McCain aside and tell him to quit playing freaking politics with this bailout.

Our economy is on the verge of collapse and McCain, who is an economic know-nothing, is only making things worse.


Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops have failed to follow his lead.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and becomes more so every day.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is at "debate camp".

The McCain/Palin ticket gets more and more bizarre as the days go by.

If you put a map of the middle east before Sarah Palin with no names on it, do you think she could name the countries?

Is someone who couldn't do that, particularly when we are at war in that part of the world, are they 'qualified' to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

What's new! McCain the opportunist.

Posted by: OscarMayer2 | September 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

what a joke that they are blaming the dems.

Posted by: eiregoddess | September 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is at "debate camp".

The McCain/Palin ticket gets more and more bizarre as the days go by.

If you put a map of the middle east before Sarah Palin with no names on it, do you think she could name the countries?

Is someone who couldn't do that, particularly when we are at war in that part of the world, are they 'qualified' to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who almost sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops pay him lip-service, but not much else. He said he would reluctantly vote for the bill, but his GOP colleagues voted against the bill.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people by unjustly laying blame. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and his desperation too obvious.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner and his GOP cohorts blames Nancy Pelosi for her "partisan speech" and that's why the Republicans wouldn't vote for the rescue package; John McCain blames Barack Obama for injecting partisan politics into the bail-out talks - after claiming that Obama was distancing himself from the negotiations; Holtz-Eakin blames the Democrats (because they won't acknowledge that McCain invented the Blackberry??).

Meanwhile, these same House Republicans who rubber-stamped all of George Bush's bills authorizing the war, the torture, the spying, and the suspension of civil liberties, has deserted him in his true hour of need. McCain, meanwhile, who swooped into Washington to save the negotiations from the predatory Democrats, who sacrificed his campaign and the debate, finds that the troops pay him lip-service, but not much else. He said he would reluctantly vote for the bill, but his GOP colleagues voted against the bill.

Sen McCain, in defense of his positioning, is underestimating the savvy and intelligence of the American people by unjustly laying blame. His blame-game is in defiance of the facts and the TV tube, which records every word and gesture. His performance is pathetic and his desperation too obvious.

Posted by: jbleenyc | September 29, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The vote was:

D......140 Y 95 N
R...... 65 Y 133 N
Total..205 Y 228 N

Pure and simple..KARL ROVE IS OVER COOKED!
Herr Rove must go NUCLEAR NOW!!

And if John McCain keeps reading his script...as best the sinile old crippled critter can,,,he's drumming up votes for Democrats!

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Holtz-Eakin on TV. What a liar. Did not hear a single true fact emerge from out of his mouth. Obviously fits in well with the McCain team. New slogan: all lies all the time.

Posted by: ncarver1 | September 29, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Holtz-Eakin on TV. What a liar. Did not hear a single true fact emerge from out of his mouth. Obviously fits in well with the McCain team. New slogan: all lies all the time.

Posted by: ncarver1 | September 29, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a nut. Palin is double nuts. If you value your home, your family, your future: you will NOT vote for these inept, morally degenerate, mentally unstable people to govern your nation.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 29, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

No wonder McCain is not good at economics, since obviously he doesn't know basic math - 36 more Republicans voted against the bill than Democrats. If those 36 votes had switched to "Yes" then the bill would have passed. Clearly the Republicans don't want to own up to the mess they created!

Posted by: dre7861 | September 29, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

IS McCAIN CRAZY? What a loser! His judgment is poor -- he obviously doesn't understand economics. Plus he selected Palin as his running-mate. He really is insane.

Posted by: rmsalem99 | September 29, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Great Theater. The essence of comedy is timing and John demonstrated his faultless timing in Columbus. He got up in Franklin County, noted Republican Bastion, took credit for a compromise that he opposed initially and had to be gotten out of the way to get done, and as the cheers died so did his triumph.

133 Republicans each did their best to slit John McCains throat, and when it is over his Rovian handler delivered the coup de gras, making John l;ook all the worse by attacking Barrack Obama ans Nancy Pelosi in John's name.

When the Democrats come back to session Thursday, with a new bill that doesn't just tax excess CEO salaries if those CEOs try to get Federal bailouts, but requires any corporation seeking Federal intervention fire its board of directors for cause, and requires that all stock options awarded in the last two years be surrendered, either stocks or their proceeds, to the Federal government, and all other executive bonuses and rewards be returned to the corporation as assets in the take over, and requires the firing of the compensation committee, to be replaced by a NLRB compensation panel, who then determine the salaries of the new board that an office in the Commerce Department appoints, as a prerequisite for any new rescue bill, AND THE DEMS GET THEIR WAY, all those good businessmen that the 133 good men and true tried to protect can tell each of them thank you in person, after the economy finishes its freefall and the Republicans relive 1932 all over again.

SO, just what are John and Sarah going to talk about for the rest of the week? The economy has really been unkind to them, and nobody will be talking about anything else.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 29, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Are Republican representatives so immature that a speech criticizing Bush would change their votes on such a monumental issue? Unbelievable, but unfortunately, it appears to be true.

First, McCain doing his impression of Bush landing on the aircraft carrier and flying in to save the day; now the Repub babies throwing a fit and sinking this essential legislation.

Please, people, vote for Obama; this cannot go on.

Posted by: gtoney55 | September 29, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin were ever so effective in demonstrating their leadership - ALL of their state representatives voted NO ! Bush was almost as effective - 23 of 32 Texas representatives voted no.

Posted by: carrollspring | September 29, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin were ever so helpful in this vote - ALL of their state representatives voted NO !! And Bush was almost as helpful - 23 of the 32 Texan reps voted NO.

Posted by: carrollspring | September 29, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans - what a bunch of whiners!
The Rep. platform for the last 30 years has been about deregulation, open markets, unencumbered businesses, BLa BLa BLa...
What a bunch of cowards - your wanted unregulated markets, now you're getting the fruits of your efforts and complaining when democrats recognize your successes.

If we must lay blame, then, it's not the Republican legislatures fault - it's the idiots who voted for them :) The rep. legislatures just did what they said they would do.

Posted by: stodayxx | September 29, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans - what a bunch of whiners!
The Rep. platform for the last 30 years has been about deregulation, open markets, unencumbered businesses, BLa BLa BLa...
What a bunch of cowards - your wanted unregulated markets, now you're getting the fruits of your efforts and complaining when democrats recognize your successes.

If we must lay blame, then, it's not the Republican legislatures fault - it's the idiots who voted for them :) The rep. legislatures just did what they said they would do.

Posted by: stodayxx | September 29, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Can't McCain blow the crishish in Warshington away with all that blinking he does?

Posted by: nmoses | September 29, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't McCain blow the crishish in Warshington away with all that blinking he does?

Posted by: nmoses | September 29, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't McCain blow the crishish away with all that blinking he does?

Posted by: nmoses | September 29, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's recent appearances on the media have shown him to be nonheroic, sarcastic, and small (very small) - more about John than this country. It seems that almost every word he utters in reality is acted out in the opposite of what he speaks. Such a blatant coniver. If he had really put country first, he would NOT have selected Palin for his VP running mate. McCain is driven by a war mentality - fix it by bombing it. And, if that doesn't work, blame someone else.

Posted by: teritao | September 29, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's recent appearances on the media have shown him to be nonheroic, sarcastic, and small (very small) - more about John than this country. It seems that almost every word he utters in reality is acted out in the opposite of what he speaks. Such a blatant coniver. If he had really put country first, he would NOT have selected Palin for his VP running mate. McCain is driven by a war mentality - fix it by bombing it. And, if that doesn't work, blame someone else.

Posted by: teritao | September 29, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm the confused one....or is it John McCain"? Yes, he "stopped" his campaign, and went to Washington, and attended a meeting at the White House. But according to reports, he added nothing of substance. He did not take a stand on the bailout...or did I miss something?

If this is John McCain's idea of leadership, then I'm voting for Obama. Thanks for helping me make up my mind.

Posted by: eeterrific | September 29, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

And so bin Laden's plan to bankrupt the US economy has finally worked, seven years later. Thank you, George Bush, and thank you John McCain and your short-sighted House Republican friends for driving our financial system into the toilet.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 29, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"During his time in the senate, McCain has been a champion of government deregulation — some of which is being blamed for the Wall Street meltdown. Since the recent crisis, though, he has supported a plan for the government to take on the debt of failing financial institutions."

However, during a September 21, 2008 interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," McCain was asked if he regretted a 1999 vote for deregulating Wall Street. "No — I think the deregulation was probably helpful to the growth of our economy," McCain said.

That 1999 deregulation bill was the Commodity Futures Modenization Act - the 265 page Poison pill which fomented the crisis. Its author? Phil Gramm et al (R)

This ACT also included the Enron Loophole.

Gramm is McShame's choice for Sec. of the Treasury.

Still think the fundamentals of the economy are strong? McCain's an erratic dishonorable moron.

VETS AGAINST MCCAIN! MCSHAME - NO VOTE ON THE NEW GI BILL

BLUE STAR FAMILIES FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

gdodd414,

Umm...no, I don't think so. If you want to point the Fannie?Freddie finger it will be an omni directional pointing. And what about the fact that Rick Davis was one of the people trying to "corrupt" these legislators?

You also seem to be forgetting that the republicans were in charge of both houses of congress and the presidency until January 2006, what about all of the years prior to that?

No, you might rightly blame republicans and democrats for complicity, but blaming one without the other is just partisan drivel.

Posted by: wes1155 | September 29, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I feel as though I've entered a parallel universe. The story of this universe has been scripted by Lewis Carroll and stars John McCain.

No, Carroll could never have dreamed up a character as bizarre as McCain.

Let's see. Republicans are angry at Pelosi because she hurt their feelings by injecting some partisanship into a debate. This is something the Republicans never did while in control of the House, I guess. So to get even with her, they kill legislation being promoted most directly by the Republican White House, thereby cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

My, these House Republicans are a sensitive lot. Did the bill merit passing on policy grounds? Just before the vote, their leadership said yes. But because there feelings were hurt, they voted against a bill, that earlier in the day they agreed was a must-pass piece of legislation.

Apparently, the Republicans would rather defend their feelings than the US economy. So who's guilty of being utterly irresponsible? Who, in the end, is playing politics instead of looking out for the interests of the country?

This is one independent who will probably never vote Republican again. Today, the GOP has finally dug their own grave, jumped in together, and then shoveled the dirt back in over themselves.

This is truly one of the low points in US House history, and that's saying something.

Posted by: BwanaDik | September 29, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

gdodd414,

Umm...no, I don't think so. If you want to point the Fannie?Freddie finger it will be an omni directional pointing. And what about the fact that Rick Davis was one of the people trying to "corrupt" these legislators?

You also seem to be forgetting that the republicans were in charge of both houses of congress and the presidency until January 2006, what about all of the years prior to that?

No, you might rightly blame republicans and democrats for complicity, but blaming one without the other is just partisan drivel.

Posted by: wes1155 | September 29, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

And, for the record, gdodd414 is smoking the same stuff.

Posted by: jimcummings | September 29, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama urges calm, we know that the House will consider a revised version of the "bail-out", which may be an improvement over the version rejected today, and McCain sends an adviser to blame the Democrats....hmmm, now who is showing the temperament we need in a president? That would be Obama, who is not using this crisis to grandstand. McCain's adviser says that Obama phoned it in....what is he talking about? McCain FLEW away!

Posted by: Bob22003 | September 29, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

If McCain can control the House Repubs, he needs to do so now. I would be happy to give him credit if he brings these petulant freaks around.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 29, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this right: John McCain "suspends" (not really) his campaign to go to Washington, where he inappropriately injects presidential politics into what had been very carefully crafted negotiations. He loses Friday's debate while the congreess works on a bailout, and all day on Sunday his spokespeople claim it was John McCain who got the deal done.

Then today the members of McCains own party reject the deal he claimed to have brokered, and now McCain says it's Obama's fault.

Whatever it is McCain and his people are smoking, I want some.

Posted by: jimcummings | September 29, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

THE BLAME GAME.......

Another Rebushagain party strategy, which is a purely and divisively republican owned tatctic. It won't work this time. All this that exploding in our American faces is the result of the the last 8 years policy of this administration to Give to the rich let the poor arry themselves, borrow money from our enemies, China which by the way have bought over a trillion dollars of our debt. We haven't even seen what effect that is going to have on our nation as a whole. The free trade agreements, which have proven a value. for the rest of the world, yet a trasvesty, for us here at home. I remember hearing in, June, Ted Koppell, who was a guest on the Daily Show, speaking to John Stewart and admitting that 28% of the money in the Federal Treasury belonged to China. Also that 24% of the money in the Treasury belonged to Japan, not too mention Saudi Arabia, etc. etc. etc.. So in fact back in June less than 50% of the money we had in the U.S. treasury actually belonged to the U.S.
Does anybody get that? Yet, heare we are in the midst of a 7 year occupation in Iraq during which no taxes were raised nor incresed. Instead we had continous tax breaks for the Wealthiest 1% and tax breaks for 'Big Oil" and other Coporations which were building weapons of war and these corporations building new branches in places like Dubai India, China, Taiwan etc. Thereby redistributing Americas wealth and eveyone pretended nothing would go wrong!!!!!All of a sudden the Mortgage crisis, Yet, Guys like John McCain the most DISINGENIOUS POLITICIAN ever, was constantly saying alongside George W. Bush and Joe Lieberman, "The fvundamentals of the American Economy are fine.

THE FAULT LIES SQUARELY WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THE BUSH REGIME AND BUSH'S POLITICALLY CONJOINED TWIN JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN.

Wtih all this happening Mccain has the AUDACITY and the GAUL to try and proport this lie in a statement through his SYCOPHANTS and CRONIES:

"COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After bragging today about his role in shaping the economic bailout package, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made no statement to the press after the defeat of the bill, in part at the hands of House Republicans.

Instead, McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane, where he sat in front, separated from reporters by a brown curtain, without making a comment on the bill's defeat.

On Sunday, he said he would "swallow hard" but vote for the plan, which he said was better than originally proposed.

Later, his campaign's senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin issued a statement blaming Democrats and presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the bill's defeat.

"From the minute John McCain suspended his campaign and arrived in Washington to address this crisis, he was attacked by the Democratic leadership: Senators Obama and Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others," Holtz-Eakin said. "Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families."

The adviser also blamed remarks delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising President Bush's free market economic policies, for pushing Republicans away from the bill.

"Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill," Holtz-Eakin said. "Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome. This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country."

WOW!!!! THE AUDACITY OF THESE CROOKS AND LARS!!!!WOW!!

I"m stunned and apalled and laughing out loud at the same time. What about the national debt which has gone from something like a trillion dollars when Bush took office, to now over ll trillion dollars? What about that? John McCain wants us to excuse the fact that he i a part of this. 90% is his FAULT 100% IS HIS PARTIES. During the Debate His only cure for this ws to EXTEND THE BUSH TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST 1% TO $300 BILLION DOLLARS AND HIS PROPOSED WAR CONTINUUM!!!

Are we Americans that stupid? The Republican party George W. Bush and John The Yes man to Bush 90% of the time McCain must believe we are. How dare they play with us and continue to ENGEGE our intelligence wth the politics of WAR, FEAR, LIES, MISCHARACTERIZATIONHS ELITISM, AND SMEARS.....NO WE WILL NOT ENDORSE THE POLICIES OF FAILURE WITH THE ELECTION OF A PART OF THAT FAILURE WHO IN DEBATE VOWED TO CONTINUE IT....

Posted by: need4trth | September 29, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

So I take it that Saturday Night Live has taken over the McCain campaign. This is truly embarrassing.

Posted by: lasker1895 | September 29, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I heard on the news that foreign companies would snap up the American CEOs in a second as the reason for their outrageous salaries and gold parachutes. I say pay the CEOs $1,000/month, it'll be a lot cheaper when the company fails.

Posted by: papaedde | September 29, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this right: John McCain "suspends" (not really) his campaign to go to Washington, where he inappropriately injects presidential politics into what had been very carefully crafted negotiations. He loses Friday's debate while the congreess works on a bailout, and all day on Sunday his spokespeople claim it was John McCain who got the deal done.

Then today the members of McCains own party reject the deal he claimed to have brokered, and now McCain says it's Obama's fault.

Whatever it is McCain and his people are smoking, I want some.

Posted by: jimcummings | September 29, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I heard on the news that foreign companies would snap up the American CEOs in a second as the reason for their outrageous salaries and gold parachutes. I say pay the CEOs $1,000/month, it'll be a lot cheaper when the company fails.

Posted by: papaedde | September 29, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

John S. McCain: yesterdays solutions for todays problems.

How can this man and his campaign continue to make such ludicrous, blatantly false and utterly fabricated statements. So what did McCain accomplish by suspending his campaign? So if his "leadership" is so important on getting something passed and the situation is now worse than it was, why does he not feel compelled to suspend it again and work for resolution?

I have seen fish I have landed flop around less and with more purposeful focus than McCain and his campaign. To think I actually gave consideration to voting for this guy at one point.

Posted by: wes1155 | September 29, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse


The Bail Out Bill Failed Because CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times have failed miserably to hold a few corrupt Democrats responsible for their past illegal activities. While a handful of corrupt Fannie Mae Officials were bribing an equally corrupt handful of Democratic Congressmen and Senators to basically turn their head and allow Fannie Mae to award HUGE compensation packages to undeserving Fannie Mae Officials, the main stream media turned its head as well. As a consequence, once Fannie Mae ignited the storm and proceeded to melt down our entire economy, the Democrats knew they had a political firestorm on their hands. But in order to cover themselves on this incendiary issue, the Democrats demanded that the Republicans bite the bullet and provide cover for the Democrats and help the Democrats clean up the mess. Had the main stream media been willing to lay the problem at the feet of the Democrats, where it deserved to be, the Democrats would be much less willing to require Republican cover and the protection it afforded. The meltdown was caused by CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and 2 equally corrupt major newspapers. Watch these two videos and see for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5tZc8oH--o

Posted by: gdodd414 | September 29, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

bakljesi

I am also a Vet, one of SEVEN in this generation in my family (three women, four men). I submit to you, that my service, as well as the service of all Veterans is just as valuable as McCains.

If you wish to spew the platitudes of McShame, enlist or have your kids or grandkids join those of us who are actually FIGHTING THIS WAR.

Put YOUR BLOOD where your mouth is......

VETS AGAINST MCCAIN! McCain - No Vote on the New GI BILL

BLUE STAR FAMILIES FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

John S. McCain: yesterdays solutions for todays problems.

How can this man and his campaign continue to make such ludicrous, blatantly false and utterly fabricated statements. So what did McCain accomplish by suspending his campaign? So if his "leadership" is so important on getting something passed and the situation is now worse than it was, why does he not feel compelled to suspend it again and work for resolution?

I have seen fish I have landed flop around less and with more purposeful focus than McCain and his campaign. To think I actually gave consideration to voting for this guy at one point.

Posted by: wes1155 | September 29, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

bakljesi

I am also a Vet, one of SEVEN in this generation in my family (three women, four men). I submit to you, that my service, as well as the service of all Veterans is just as valuable as McCains.

If you wish to spew the platitudes of McShame, enlist or have your kids or grandkids join those of us who are actually FIGHTING THIS WAR.

Put YOUR BLOOD where your mouth is......

VETS AGAINST MCCAIN!

BLUE STAR FAMILIES FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

John S. McCain: yesterdays solutions for todays problems.

How can this man and his campaign continue to make such ludicrous, blatantly false and utterly fabricated statements. So what did McCain accomplish by suspending his campaign? So if his "leadership" is so important on getting something passed and the situation is now worse than it was, why does he not feel compelled to suspend it again and work for resolution?

I have seen fish I have landed flop around less and with more purposeful focus than McCain and his campaign. To think I actually gave consideration to voting for this guy at one point.

Posted by: wes1155 | September 29, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Terrific joke making by McCain. He turned this tragedy into a political football and he just can't let this losing tactic go. It just goes to show that even with those puppet arms of his McStupid can still dig that hole he's in ever deeper.

Posted by: ButchDillon | September 29, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: McBlame strategist Steve Schmidt goes on Meet The Press to brag about how McBlame deserves credit for the House Republican vote on this bill and how this is an example McBlame's leadership ability.

The almost all of the House Republicans voted against the bill, the one McBlame said he would vote for, causing the largest single day drop in the Dow and causing the economy to further spiral downward.

This is leadership?

Oh, that's right - it's Obamma's fault. Which I guess means McBlame is actually saying he is really not a very good leader after all.

From my perspective, a plan was close to agreement that included even those poor House Republicans on Friday. Sen. McBlame came riding in to help and the whole thing fell apart. McBlame left for the debate and a deal was all but signed, sealed and delivered. McBlame returned to DC to work the phones and ensure his place in history and the deal fell apart again, this time to disastrous results.

Please, John, get out of the way!

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | September 29, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: McBlame strategist Steve Schmidt goes on Meet The Press to brag about how McBlame deserves credit for the House Republican vote on this bill and how this is an example McBlame's leadership ability.

The almost all of the House Republicans voted against the bill, the one McBlame said he would vote for, causing the largest single day drop in the Dow and causing the economy to further spiral downward.

This is leadership?

Oh, that's right - it's Obamma's fault. Which I guess means McBlame is actually saying he is really not a very good leader after all.

From my perspective, a plan was close to agreement that included even those poor House Republicans on Friday. Sen. McBlame came riding in to help and the whole thing fell apart. McBlame left for the debate and a deal was all but signed, sealed and delivered. McBlame returned to DC to work the phones and ensure his place in history and the deal fell apart again, this time to disastrous results.

Please, John, get out of the way!

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | September 29, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Terrific joke making by McCain. He turned this tragedy into a political football and he just can't let this losing tactic go. It just goes to show that even with those puppet arms of his McStupid can still dig that hole he's in ever deeper.

Posted by: ButchDillon | September 29, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"During his time in the senate, McCain has been a champion of government deregulation — some of which is being blamed for the Wall Street meltdown. Since the recent crisis, though, he has supported a plan for the government to take on the debt of failing financial institutions."

During a September 21, 2008 interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," McCain was asked if he regretted a 1999 vote for deregulating Wall Street. "No — I think the deregulation was probably helpful to the growth of our economy," McCain said.

That 1999 deregulation bill was the Commodity Futures Modenization Act - the 265 page Poison pill which fomented the crisis. Its author? Phil Gramm et al (R)

This also included the Enron Loophole.

Gramm is McShame's choice for Sec. of the Treasury.

Still think the fundamentals of the economy are strong? McCain's an erratic moron.

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain blames, Obama asks for calm.

I will be voting for Obama. He shows leadership, McCain just showes partisan politicas as usual. WE need a real leader to steer us through the difficult times ahead. Obama just demonstrated leadership!

Posted by: TimeforChange | September 29, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain blames, Obama asks for calm.

I will be voting for Obama. He shows leadership, McCain just showes partisan politicas as usual. WE need a real leader to steer us through the difficult times ahead. Obama just demonstrated leadership!

Posted by: TimeforChange | September 29, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Read the Bill not the news paper or the blogs and decide for yourself if the "Bail Out Bill" Should have been passed. It's worth a try, really. You would be surprised what you can learn on your own by doing a little research. Don't show your ignorance by merely repeating what you have heard another ignorant person saying.

Am I the only one that thinks there is something terribly wrong with the statement below...

But the same coward who earned the name "songbird" from the North Vietnamese for being the number one collaborator in the Hanoi Hilton is afraid of his own party.

Once a coward, always a coward.

Seriously??? Have you been to the Hanoi HIlton as an uninvited guest and forced to stay for five years lately? If you ever found yourself in that unfortunate situation what kind of bravery would you display I wonder?

Posted by: bakljesi | September 29, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

So McCain showboats off to Washington while making a big deal about suspending his campaign so he can try and take credit for whatever deal gets passed. The deal fails, mostly due to his own party, so he blames Obama?! Exactly how stupid does he think we are? You just can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: Chip_M | September 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me! I just watched the video of McCain's statement. In one sentence he blamed Obama and his "Democratic allies" for injecting too much partisan politics and causing the bill to fail. In THE NEXT SENTENCE, he says, "now is not the time to assign blame."

What a tool!

Posted by: mrmau | September 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans, not content with shutting down the government in the 1990's, now wants to shut down the entire country. Blame the people who voted these petulant babies into office in the first place, the ones who also think Palin would make a good VP because she's "good looking" (as interviewed at the Republican National Convention on The Daily Show).

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I think what we're all finally realizing here with McCain is that "maverick" is not synonymous with "leader." And unless you can win people over to your point of view, "standing up to one's party" is nothing more than disagreeing with them.

For all the times McCain has "stood up to his party and the Washington establishment," he hasn't managed to change much about either. They humor him and then go do what they want to anyway. At the end of the day, it's hard to be a leader when you can't get anyone to follow you.

Posted by: jt12 | September 29, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

All of you people blaming Pelosi, are you kidding me???

Waaaaaahh...your feelings were offended, so you let the market crash today. That's putting country ahead of ego, how admirable.

And then that utter #@&^# (I can't print what I think about this disgusting politician) John McCain, who did NOTHING at the negotitations but interfere (as all the reports said) points a finger and blames the Democrats?

The GOP is despicable.

This is a good time to remind everybody that, not only did John McCain's campaign manager facilitate this crisis as a prime lobbyist for Freddie Mac, but his firm accepted money for doing what exactly for the past 2 years?

And since when has John McCain been in favor of oversight and regulation? Or is this yet another new position, because he cannot run on his prior record? His record helped create the crisis.

But McCain is an old hand at this, being a shameful member of the Keating 5.

As for Mr. Davis, why was his firm paid thousands of dollar per month by Freddie Mac, up until August? Was it for access to McCain?

We want answers now.

If you would like a refresher course on the Davis scandal (it is a scandal until he comes out and says what the money was paid to his firm for), I have it at:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/john-mccains-fannie-flak.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

How does that work? A majority of Democrats vote Yea , a Majority of Republicans vote Nay, and McCain blames the democrats. KARL ROVE LAND?

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

95 Democrats and 133 Republicans opposed the bill just five weeks before they face voters in an election that is shaping up as a referendum on the economy; 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans supported the controversial measure.
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So the majority of Democrats said Yea, the Majority of Republicans said Nay and the CRIPPLED CRITTER blames the Democrats! Is Karl Rove on drugs? How does this spin work?

Posted by: harried | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh my the GOPERS got their itty bitty feelings hurt by that mean old Nancy, we can't have that now can we? So what now is Barney Rubble gonna suspend the universe until Nov. 4th? The bush Administration and all those good little GOPERS are the biggest group of losers this country ever saw, Bush makes Nixon look like a boy scout, and McLame, belongs on a cruise ship playing shuffle board!

Posted by: sfilutze | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's blaming of Obama for the failure of the bailout package is absurd. More so, because he didn't even have the integrity to say it himself - he sent a minion to say it instead.

McCain is a desperate man. Soon he will be blaming Obama for the gas shortage in teh wake of Hurricane Ike!

Posted by: sdmac | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's blaming of Obama for the failure of the bailout package is absurd. More so, because he didn't even have the integrity to say it himself - he sent a minion to say it instead.

McCain is a desperate man. Soon he will be blaming Obama for the gas shortage in the wake of Hurricane Ike!

Posted by: sdmac | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's blaming of Obama for the failure of the bailout package is absurd. More so, because he didn't even have the integrity to say it himself - he sent a minion to say it instead.

McCain is a desperate man. Soon he will be blaming Obama for the gas shortage in the wake of Hurricane Ike!

Posted by: sdmac | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's blaming of Obama for the failure of the bailout package is absurd. More so, because he didn't even have the integrity to say it himself - he sent a minion to say it instead.

McCain is a desperate man. Soon he will be blaming Obama for the gas shortage in the wake of Hurricane Ike!

Posted by: sdmac | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

As the day goes on, partisan politics are now entering the fray. McCain blames Obama,
the house Republicans blame Pelosi for the failure of the Bailout to pass. If this continues to escalate I will guarantee that there will be no bill of any kind passed. I really I'm not surprised by the failure of the bill to pass, as this Congress on both sides of the aisle along with the administration have been running from making hard choices for years.

Maybe we need for the sky to fall, so that the market will determine it's own fate and the strong will survive. It is bad enough that the Bill was for 700 Billion, but the worst of all is we don't have the money and we again would have to sell to foreign countries what is becoming our largest export and the is AMERICAN DEBT,
Remember we don't make anything here anymore so all we have to sell is our country to foreign investors.

I say every private market solution should be tried first, as for now a lot of capital is on the side lines waiting for taxpayer to buy up the toxic debt so they can jump in buy all the good stuff. That could mean the Ponzi schemes will start all over again. One thing for sure, President Bush is picking himself off the floor after the hay maker his own party hit him with. I can't say he hasn't that coming for all the heartbreak he has caused this country.

Posted by: robtvieh | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Obama, against the majority of American wishes, favor giving amnesty to illegal aliens in their first 100 days of office. They both favor, against American wished the passage of the bank bail out bill. They both have contributed to the current economic crisis. They both favor, against American wishes, continuing the Iraq war in some form.

Isn't it time to vote for someone other than the Democrats or Republicans who just give us more of the same?

http://ewebsmith.com/bus/wrongbusiness.html

Posted by: websmith1 | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are shutting down this country, refusing to move forward through this crisis, and they blame Pelosi because she "gave a partisan speech"??!!

Vote the bums out! They are incompetent!

Posted by: grandfam | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I feel as though I've entered a parallel universe. The story of this universe has been scripted by Lewis Carroll and stars John McCain.

No, Carroll could never have dreamed up a character as bizarre as McCain.

Let's see. Republicans are angry at Pelosi because she hurt their feelings by injecting some partisanship into a debate. This is something the Republicans never did while in control of the House, I guess. So to get even with her, they kill legislation being promoted most directly by the Republican White House, thereby cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

My, these House Republicans are a sensitive lot. Did the bill merit passing on policy grounds? Just before the vote, their leadership said yes. But because there feelings were hurt, they voted against a bill, that earlier in the day they agreed was a must-pass piece of legislation.

Apparently, the Republicans would rather defend their feelings than the US economy. So who's guilty of being utterly irresponsible? Who, in the end, is playing politics instead of looking out for the interests of the country?

This is one independent who will probably never vote Republican again. Today, the GOP has finally dug their own grave, jumped in together, and then shoveled the dirt back in over themselves.

This is truly one of the low points in US House history, and that's saying something.

Posted by: BwanaDik | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are shutting down this country, refusing to move forward through this crisis, and they blame Pelosi because she "gave a partisan speech"??!!

Vote the bums out! They are incompetent!

Posted by: grandfam | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Hail McCain of the GOP--Greedy OLD Pennypinchers! May they wallow in their multitude of tax loopholes and choke on their Capital Gains.

Posted by: TeddyRoosevelt | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

A VICTORY FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER!

This is further proof that McCain was RIGHT: There was a critical need to work on this very flawed plan to get something acceptable to all - instead of rushing off to a lip-flapping debate as hussein and the d-crats wanted.

NOW LET'S GO BACK AND DO IT RIGHT ALONG THE LINES PROPOSED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS- particularly making the principal "fix" mechanism government insurance for troubled mortgage-backed assets, instead of the idiotic dumbya bush & d-crat plan for $700 BILLION of taxpayer purchases of bad debt.

Posted by: ImpeachNOW | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

A VICTORY FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER!

This is further proof that McCain was RIGHT: There was a critical need to work on this very flawed plan to get something acceptable to all - instead of rushing off to a lip-flapping debate as hussein and the d-crats wanted.

NOW LET'S GO BACK AND DO IT RIGHT ALONG THE LINES PROPOSED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS- particularly making the principal "fix" mechanism government insurance for troubled mortgage-backed assets, instead of the idiotic dumbya bush & d-crat plan for $700 BILLION of taxpayer purchases of bad debt.

Posted by: ImpeachNOW | September 29, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed that McCain hasn't been wearing his flag lapel pin? I noticed it soon after he said he was suspending his campaign to put country first.

Posted by: kimL1 | September 29, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

mcsamesaid that he would use this as a strategy to try and get his numbers up in the polls it just seems like everything thaty he try do not work because he teel to many lies he need to get honest maybe his luck will changed obama do not lie like that i amd not saying that he have never told a lie i am saying that when the lies have been exposed and you come back and still try to lie that is call a lying problem and you will be caught up on them every time now is the time that john mcsame them is looking so stupid from the top to bottem niss palin is lying every chance she getand even the people that know them or lying. lying about who fault it is for not signing the bail out plan when it was twelve house republicans that did not do it....

Posted by: obama1 | September 29, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed that McCain hasn't been wearing his flag lapel pin? I noticed it soon after he said he was suspending his campaign to put country first.

Posted by: kimL1 | September 29, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I hate all these smarmy, snarky comments about Sarah Palin. Say whatever you pointy-headed intellectuals want to say about her, she's still ready to lead us through this economic crisis. After all, she can see a bank from her back porch in Wasilla.

Posted by: tja6789 | September 29, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron wrote, "Maybe this bailout crisis was created to overshadow the VP debate. When the debate is over so will the crisis end."

You're fiddling while Rome burns, buddy, and indulging yourself in delusions.

Before this is over, the best housing a lot of people will be able to afford will be tents - and the first to occupy the tent cities will be the marginally sane though many of the rest of us will soon enough be their neighbors trying to keep a fire going in the rain so that we can cook and keep warm.

The difference between the middle class and the lower middle class may be the difference between a tent and a cardboard box.

And all that, carefully engineered by evil Republicans in order to win a debate which will have virtually zero effect on the outcome of the '08 presidential election.

I'm a very partisan Obama supporter, and frankly, you, sir, are off the deep end.

Posted by: officermancuso | September 29, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This Dem will vote Mc Cain as he WILL curb spending, and cut the costs of inept government agencies...he can start with FDA....for letting all the poisons into our food, toys, meds, etc. Abolish the agency, put it's administrative oversight under the Center for Disease Control!

ARE YOU SERIOUS? FDA has been handicapped and understaffed since Reagan down sized them. it is because we have down sized the Governement agencies that there is no oversight. The agencies aren't spending this money it's the administration and congress. Agencies get handicapped by them and downsized by them. limiting their power and authority as well. McCain had that wrong and if you want accountability start where it belongs at the top.

Posted by: shogun1 | September 29, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Republicans screw up and fail to accept responsibility.

They are truly 3rd graders who claim "someone else did it" when caught throwing spit balls.

The Republicans believed that the bill would pass. That way, they could tell their rightwing neocon supporters that they were "true" to the conservative ideals.

Now, that the bill has failed, and the economy is tanking, the Republicans are trying to blame everyone but themselves.

Luckily, after 12 years of neocon Republican lies, deceits, fabrications and outright corruption, the American public no longer believes one word out of any Republican mouth.

This economic disaster is the parting shot of a Republican party without morals, honesty, or true patriotism. The Republicans have once again put their own rear ends ahead of country.

Posted by: Continuum | September 29, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse


The fact that out of all the posts here only three so far take McCain's point of view speaks volumes.

Posted by: treetopflyer

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Yup. Sure are a lot of idiots on the internet.

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I don't know if three constitutes a lot of idiots - oh, are you including yourself? Well, four is still not a lot...

Posted by: LABC | September 29, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

only in an alternative reality universe would John McCain begin to assign responsiblity for failure of the "bailout" bill to the Dems and Obama. Particularly after taking credit for rushing to DC and interjecting himself into the negotiations and then, leaving town, saying he could now support the compromise bill which failed in the House.

John McCain has become so intertwined in the Rovian view of the world he has forgotten how to distinguish reality from myth. At this point Sarah Palin is beginning to look like a genuis compared to him.

Posted by: bobfbell | September 29, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I was for the bailout before I was against it.
John McBenedictArnold

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The fact that out of all the posts here only three so far take McCain's point of view speaks volumes.

Posted by: treetopflyer

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Yup. Sure are a lot of idiots on the internet.

Posted by: kolbkl | September 29, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't get this guy Holtz-Eakin. He's a waffler. What is he, a Holtz or an Eakin? You can't have it both ways.

I'll tell you what -- If I had to choose, I'd be an Eakin. I wouldn't be a Holtz. And if those commies put a gun to my head and told me I couldn't choose on or the other, I had to be both, then I'd be an Eakin-Holtz. I wouldn't be a Holtz-Eakin.

At least you know where I stand. But hey -- if you want a waffler, go with Holtz-Eakin. Honk if you love waffles. It's a free country.

Posted by: pressF1 | September 29, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

John McCain cannot tell the difference between not understanding and not agreeing.
Neither can he tell the difference between leadership and meddling.

Posted by: ghot | September 29, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The fact that out of all the posts here only three so far take McCain's point of view speaks volumes.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 29, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The majority of the Democrats voted for the bill, so how is it their fault it failed?

Wouldn't the blame for failure of the bill rest on the part of those who voted against it?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | September 29, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain just spoke. Republicains bail out, reject McCain's position, vote 2/3 against the bil, and McCain says it failed because democrats, trying to pass a republican administration bill and delivered 2/3 for it, were partisan.

If you are that comfortable lying through your teeth, you have no business leading anything, let alone the country

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

NPR is reporting that Sarah Palin has suspended her campaign and is returning to Alaska to calm anxious Russians gathering at the border.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | September 29, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The failure of the bail out plan is a good reason to not vote for Meddling McCain for another 4 years of Bush economics.

NO WAY! NO HOW! NO MEDDLING McCAIN FOR THE USA!

Posted by: JaneB3 | September 29, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and their Partners in Inadequacy have once again colorfully demonstrated the reason this Congress is the most abysmal collection of ne'er-do-wells in the history of politics.

Meanwhile, O'bamadinejad shoots hoops from outta town.

What a gaggle of nincompoops.

O'bamadinejad feels comfortable about a landslide because of "first time voters and cell phone users",eh?

Oh, there will be a landslide-definitely.

Heh, Heh.


Posted by: viejo1 | September 29, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Funny how in the moment of crisis Mr. Obama was dealing with it while Mr. McCain went gambling in a casino until 2:30am with his lobbyist friends ensconced in the casino lobbying world. Soon he'll apply for disability because he can't walk due to an ever growing nose.

Posted by: janefree0513 | September 29, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is only comfortable when he is in war-mode, and he is reverting fast.
So much for working with conservatives - they are opposed to any and all change or progress by their definition.
It's too bad that those conservative congressman did not give this kind of scrutiny to their approval of the invasion of Iraq. We could have saved $3 trillion and 4500 American lives, but they put war and defense spending over people's 401K's.
War and other attacks, not the economy, is what holds the GOP together.

Posted by: gadfly2 | September 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain is only comfortable when he is in war-mode, and he is reverting fast.
So much for working with conservatives - they are opposed to any and all change or progress by their definition.
It's too bad that those conservative congressman did not give this kind of scrutiny to their approval of the invasion of Iraq. We could have saved $3 trillion and 4500 American lives, but they put war and defense spending over people's 401K's.
War and other attacks, not the economy, is what holds the GOP together.

Posted by: gadfly2 | September 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The republicans can't delver more than 30 percent of their votes for George Bush's bill and its Barack Obama's fault. Has Obama falsely touted his hypnotism skills? McCain has lost his mind.

First it was blaming Obama for instigating a shouting match in front of the President at the White House, which the White House denied. Then he took credit for bringing republicans to the table, except he didn't. Now, after republicans abandon him, he blames Pelosi for being too mean.

Remember how McCain's role in this started---by rejected Obama's request to form a bipartisan effort to pass a bill. McCain is now taking it to the full extent of petty, bitter, partisanship while the world markets wait for us to act.

Posted by: wharwood | September 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Blame game, same game is not going to work. When credit finally pulls the economy to a halt lets us all remember who failed to step at a crucial time and who pandered to the voters.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Reality check - Democrats bit the bullet and enough voted to pass it - republicans, urged on by a republican president and executive branch, and their newly appointed leader McCain to pass it, did not.

It is not the democrats' responsibility to carry 100% of this unpopular bill through - it HAS to be bipartisan. So far, the house repubs are a "no-go" - the reason - they don't want to lose their jobs in November. Also, a few honestly don't like the idea of govt control over a "free" market.

Serious legislation like this may not pass until after the election.
If you want to "blame" someone for the bill not going through - use rational thought - the blame goes to the House Republicans
If you want to "thank" someone for blocking the bill - then thank the House Republicans.

Posted by: craigboylstein | September 29, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

This is what I heard from McCain.

The Republicans overwhelmingly voted against the bill because the Democrats criticized the Republicans and their policy positions. Apparently that was to spite the Democrats even though it is the American people will be the ones to suffer. The Democrats by a 3:2 margin voted for it. He was not able to do what he took credit for doing yesterday because of something that already occurred at the time he was applauding himself. My guess is McCain's stock is falling because the impression he gave in the debate is being accentuated by his current behavior.

Now John McCain is leaving the mess that he created by being where he did not belong in the first place. He leaves his mess for someone else to clean up. I think it is necessary to call McCain on his behavior. What happened to country first?

After the VP debate is over McCain will make a show of solving the problem. Obama must make a show of also being involved. This drama has at least one act to go. Obama needs to warm up for his role of neutralizing John McCain.

This drama reminds me of the Iraqi war and McCain's behavior in it. He applauded making the mess and when it was apparent that he created the whole thing he wants credit for cleaning it up.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | September 29, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain is NOT George W......he is a man of thoughtful ACTION.....we need him badly right now folks.......if for no other reason than to block the Dem crooks that contributed to sub primes and then try to deny it....Dodd, Frank, Schumer, Obama, etc.
Posted by: accountability_in_gov | September 29, 2008 5:04 PM

IF MCCAIN WERE A MAN OF THOUGHTFUL ACTION WHY IS HE THE ONE OFF THE BAT BLAMING THE DEMS FOR THE FAILURE OF THIS BILL??? I THINK THE HEADLINES READ: MCCAIN BLAMES DEMS VS. OBAMA URGES CALM.

WHAT A CONTRAST! ONE URGING CALM AND LOOKING PRESIDENTIAL WHILE THE OTHER ONE ACTING OUT LIKE A 5 YEAR OLD PLAYING THE BLAME GAME!

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS CONTRAST???

Posted by: chris30338 | September 29, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is only comfortable when he is in war-mode, and he is reverting fast.
So much for working with conservatives - they are opposed to any and all change or progress by their definition.
It's too bad that those conservative congressman did not give this kind of scrutiny to their approval of the invasion of Iraq. We could have saved $3 trillion and 4500 American lives, but they put war and defense spending over people's 401K's.
War and other attacks, not the economy, is what holds the GOP together.

Posted by: gadfly2 | September 29, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain should go ahead and die now and let Sarah give it a try, can she be much worse?

Posted by: pgiaquinto | September 29, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

In her speech just before the vote, Pelosi referred to the $700 billion price tag of the rescue package, and said: "It is a number that is staggering, but tells us only the costs of the Bush Administration's failed economic policies -- policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision, and no discipline in the system."

Totally true. Even McCain has admitted much of this -- pointing to lax regulations , even demanding the firing of the SEC chairman, and huge deficits (which claims he will stop via a spending freeze).

But the same coward who earned the name "songbird" from the North Vietnamese for being the number one collaborator in the Hanoi Hilton is afraid of his own party.

Once a coward, always a coward.

Posted by: mnjam | September 29, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I love the house republicans that would've voted for the bill if not for Pelosi's comments. I had to look it up because I didn't believe the person that told me. A $700 billion dollar decision that would affect the country in such a major way and the most pressing concern is that Nancy wasn't nice.

What are they, 12 yrs old? At least PRETEND to be representing your constituents. I don't really think I like the bill myself, but only after reading it (well skimming it... it is 110 pages). It doesn't do anything I can see to help someone who's getting foreclosed on. It doesn't add accountability for the crooks who stole just enough rope to hang themselves. It's got a few instances of cleverness, but from what I've read it's a hold-your-nose vote no matter what side you're on.

The taxpayers are now put in a position where the larger-than-life investment firms are holding our economy hostage, but it is the american people that are going to end up paying for this (and paying and paying and paying...) and we SHOULD drive a hard bargain.

Posted by: grimmix | September 29, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse


Obama's truth squad is accused of getting very heavy handed in MO.....seems they are covering these pp as well!!!

Turn over the US checkbook to Obama????

SOCIALISM????

NEVER!!!

This Dem will vote Mc Cain as he WILL curb spending, and cut the costs of inept government agencies...he can start with FDA....for letting all the poisons into our food, toys, meds, etc. Abolish the agency, put it's administrative oversight under the Center for Disease Control!

Mc Cain is NOT George W......he is a man of thoughtful ACTION.....we need him badly right now folks.......if for no other reason than to block the Dem crooks that contributed to sub primes and then try to deny it....Dodd, Frank, Schumer, Obama, etc.

Balance of Power...vote Mc Cain!

Posted by: accountability_in_gov | September 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

John McCain would be the first President in history to START his Presidency as a LAME DUCK!!

Posted by: martiniano | September 29, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick and tired of McCain and his blame games. This really stands in contrast to your other headline which states "Obama urges calm".

People are right now scared of losing their homes and losing their jobs. This is not the time to seek blame! I don't want anyone in the White House who is going to play these games and point fingers when we get in a pickle. I want someone with a cool head examining options in a cool and methodical manner. That DOES NOT fit McCain's description from what I've seen so far from him.

Posted by: chris30338 | September 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd prevent ANY reform of Fannie and Freddie back in 2005, 2003 and 1998. They and Obama receive massive contributions from those same institutions as well as Goldman Sachs (Hank Paulson's firm). They then try to blame the GOP for the meltdown. And now everyone wonders why the GOP is leery of these SAME TWO IDIOTS writing a check for $700 billion to Goldman Sachs, et al. Please. At least own your own crap. If this bailout was such a great idea, it could pass with zero republican votes. I'm sure that Bush would still cheerfully sign it.

Posted by: fmcdermott1 | September 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Can we afford to have leaders who shrink from partisan politics? I have never thought of Republicans as weak or lilly-livered until today.

And why can't McCain lead his party? McCain supported the bill. His party voted against it.

The Republican Party: Poor leadership. Shrinking violet Congressmen.

Posted by: martiniano | September 29, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain did a helluva job "helping shape" the bailout plan!!!!! McCain misspeak is as garbled as Bush's.

Posted by: JaneB3 | September 29, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain thinks he's Tommy from rock opera by The Who. The deaf, dumb and blind boy, but I don't really think he's that good a pinball either.

What a friggin' looooozzzzzer!

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 29, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Still think the "Fundamentals of the economy are strong"? Quote McCain, 1 week ago today.

McCain is a moron, a hapless candidate with no mind for economics (self-admitted) and no ETHICS! The architect of this credit meltdown is PHIL GRAMM (R)

(McCain's choice for Sec. of the Treasury.)

Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000


The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 or CFMA (H.R. 5660 and S.3283) repealed the Shad-Johnson jurisdictional accord, which had banned single stock futures in 1982. The legislation also provided certainty that products offered by banking institutions would not be regulated as futures contracts. This act was incorporated by reference into H.R. 4577 (see below). The legislation thus became law as a part of H.R. 4577 - Public Law 106–554, §1(a)(5) signed by Bill Clinton December 21, 2000.

Legislative History

The "Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000" [H.R. 5660 was introduced in the House on Dec. 14, 2000 by Rep. Thomas Ewing [R-IL] and cosponsered by Rep. Tom Bliley (R-VA) Rep. Larry Combest (R-TX) Rep. John LaFalce (D-NY) Rep. James Leach (R-IA) and never debated in the House.[1]

The companion bill (S.3283) was introduced in the Senate on Dec. 15th, 2000 by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and cosponsored by Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) Sen. Charles Hagel (R-NE) Sen. Thomas Harkin (D-IA) Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
and never debated in the Senate.

The "Enron Loophole"

Enron Loophole

The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 has received criticism for the so-called "Enron Loophole," 7 U.S.C. §2(h)(3) and (g), which exempts most over-the-counter energy trades and trading on electronic energy commodity markets. The "loophole" was drafted by Enron Lobbyists working with senator PHIL GRAMM[3] seeking a deregulated atmosphere for their new experiment,


Quick, let's ask Sarah or Bush what to do!

The Republicans are rudderless.....

Sue M a Veteran for OBAMA!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a windbag and a hypocrite. After nearly single-handedly scuttling negotiations by infecting them with presidential politics, he walks away from it all, only to start bragging about how he saved the country from a Wall Street meltdown. Then McCain and his fellow Republican leaders can't deliver more than 30% of the House Republicans for their own president's bailout bill, and McCain blames the Democrats. What an ass. He's lost any shred of credibility over this shameful episode. All he's ever been good for is grandstanding, finger-pointing, and belligerent bluster. That's not leadership, and he's completely exposed himself this time.

Posted by: bradk1 | September 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I have to say AsperGirl has a point -- the Democrats ARE to blame for this disaster. We are to blame for failing to rise up en masse to protest the hijacking of the election in 2000, and the coup d'etat that installed an illegitimate government at the head of our nation. We are to blame for allowing the Bush tax-cuts-for-the-rich, the Iraq war authorization, the Patriot act, and retroactive telecomm immunity to pass. We are to blame for allowing two hard-right judicial activists to breeze through the Senate confirmation processes and join the highest court in the land. We are to blame for sanctioning illegal detention without habeus corpus rights, and for our gutless refusal to rigorously investigate and prosecute allegations of torture committed on behalf of our government. We are to blame for folding repeatedly in response to the cunning propaganda campaigns of this administration.

None of these Republican-led assaults could have succeeded without the support of our cowed and cowardly Democratic leaders, abetted by a compliant herd of panicky US citizens milling around like sheep. The Bush administration is solidly to blame for the financial, moral, and economic abyss our nation is now peering into, but never forget -- WE LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT. We chose security over liberty, and now it is starting to look like we will have neither...

Posted by: jerkhoff | September 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I have to say AsperGirl has a point -- the Democrats ARE to blame for this disaster. We are to blame for failing to rise up en masse to protest the hijacking of the election in 2000, and the coup d'etat that installed an illegitimate government at the head of our nation. We are to blame for allowing the Bush tax-cuts-for-the-rich, the Iraq war authorization, the Patriot act, and retroactive telecomm immunity to pass. We are to blame for allowing two hard-right judicial activists to breeze through the Senate confirmation processes and join the highest court in the land. We are to blame for sanctioning illegal detention without habeus corpus rights, and for our gutless refusal to rigorously investigate and prosecute allegations of torture committed on behalf of our government. We are to blame for folding repeatedly in response to the cunning propaganda campaigns of this administration.

None of these Republican-led assaults could have succeeded without the support of our cowed and cowardly Democratic leaders, abetted by a compliant herd of panicky US citizens milling around like sheep. The Bush administration is solidly to blame for the financial, moral, and economic abyss our nation is now peering into, but never forget -- WE LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT. We chose security over liberty, and now it is starting to look like we will have neither...

Posted by: jerkhoff | September 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is this campaign talking about?!

Don't point fingers. Talk about how successful McCain's work was during his campaign suspension for the crisis.
Can they not be humble at all? Can't they say things didn't work out as they planned? That's not Obama's fault. It's not Obama's fault that he chose not to play stunts and their campaign did. This isn't about show. This is real stuff here.

We're up in Virginia, Florida's even closer. Way to go :)

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is ready to lead our nation then why is he already following Obama?

"From the minute John McCain suspended his campaign and arrived in Washington to address this crisis, he was attacked by the Democratic leadership: Senators Obama and Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others," Holtz-Eakin said."

McCain is not just erratic, he is disturbed.

Posted by: martiniano | September 29, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is this campaign talking about?!

Don't point fingers. Talk about how successful McCain's work was during his campaign suspension for the crisis.
Can they not be humble at all? Can't they say things didn't work out as they planned? That's not Obama's fault. It's not Obama's fault that he chose not to play stunts and their campaign did. This isn't about show. This is real stuff here.

We're up in Virginia, Florida's even closer. Way to go :)

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 29, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Holz-Eakin's comments, as inept as his Blackberry joke, show exactly what McCain is up to. Obama urges calm but McCain-Holz-Eakin whines about Pelosi hurting people's feelings. Who exactly is milking the partisanship here? I guess I don't understand what partisanship is but if measured comments that urge solutions over taking sides is partisanship than I want to vote for the partisan Obama.

Posted by: DWDKN | September 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Johnny McSame screwed up big time and doesn't want to admit his mistake just like his mentor, George W. Bush. If McSame had stayed out of Washington and refrained from interjecting politics into the bailout negotiations, Congress may have been able to reach and agreement. But, the snotty old phart had to come charging in like the knight on a white horse to play the hero of rescuing the bailout. Instead, the bailout began to crumble from the moment McSame began to meddle in the negotiations, and now we have a complete collapse of the plan. This is certainly not the leadership we need as our country moves forward into the 21st century. Of course, once McSame loses the election he can always support himself by peddling depends. Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: Caliguy55 | September 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

If this bald-face lying and flailing about keeps up for much longer, Old Man McCain is gonna stroke out!

Posted by: repubsux | September 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What else did we expect? We all knew from the start that McCain would accept all the credit and none of the blame. No mention that there was almost a deal before he flew in, which then fell apart on his arrival. No mention that more than two thirds of the Democrats voted for the bill and more than two thirds of the Republicans voted against. No mention of the fact that he was unable to rope in members of his own party to see this thing through. This is the Republicans' failure, and McCain's, not the Democrats' and Obama's. Any American parent who's come into the kitchen to see their child standing over a broken cookie jar and heard the laughable "I didn't do it" won't fall for this bull$#!t either.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Johnny McSame screwed up big time and doesn't want to admit his mistake just like his mentor, George W. Bush. If McSame had stayed out of Washington and refrained from interjecting politics into the bailout negotiations, Congress may have been able to reach and agreement. But, the snotty old phart had to come charging in like the knight on a white horse to play the hero of rescuing the bailout. Instead, the bailout began to crumble from the moment McSame began to meddle in the negotiations, and now we have a complete collapse of the plan. This is certainly not the leadership we need as our country moves forward into the 21st century. Of course, once McSame loses the election he can always support himself by peddling depends. Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: Caliguy55 | September 29, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome. "
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Pelosi poisoned the outcome? So the House GOP cares more about what Pelosi said than they do the well being of the country?

Either that was an embarrassingly shameful, spiteful partisan act on behalf of the House GOP, or they weren't planning to vote for it in the first place and are, again spitefully, casting blame elsewhere.

Posted by: cb11 | September 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This is the ultimate in putting self over country. Obama is going to have to be careful to make sure that McCain's interference and subsequent ineptitude is seen as the cause of this mess.

We, anti Republicans all know that this whole thing is a Republican ploy. But the rest of the country may not see it that way and it is dangerous to accuse the candidate who is falling in the polls of being a conniver without making the whole campaign about deceitfulness. Deceitful people are better at making the argument that they are not deceitful than honest people are.

It looks to me like the people who predicted this election would end up not being close are correct. We probably will see who that winner is by the time of the last debate. Obama better have some fire in his belly. Calmness will be helpful but a burst of anger that is richly deserved is in order.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

After bragging today about his role in shaping the economic bailout package, Sen. John McCain made no statement to the press after the defeat of the bill, in part at the hands of House Republicans.

Instead, McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane, where he sat in front, separated from reporters by a brown curtain, without making a comment on the bill's defeat.
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I think that was supposed to be irony.
I laughed out loud.

Posted by: martymar123 | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain was out on the trail taking credit for getting the bailout vote today, before the bailout vote...

Oops it looks like he's contracted Palin's disease otherwise known as diarrhea of the mouth.

Posted by: AverageJane | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain no longer has any credibility with regard to the economy.

Posted by: gthstonesman | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Two-thirds of Republicans have rejected THEIR President's plan, which leaves Republicans (and the rest of us) going forward with both a financial crisis & the failure of THE REPUBLICAN President's plan to fix it. As an Independent voter (whose IRAs are tanking), I don't buy spin that a Peolsi speech justifies voting against a plan Republicans really believed was in the national interest. Are they 2 year-olds or what? Strikes me the Republicans have made the Economy Bigger Than Ever! If unemployment goes up & more & more banks fail & employers can't get credit lines to make payroll, how does that help McCain? McCain's own campaign manager gave him credit for "bringing the House Republicans along" on Meet the Press, looks like Republicans have also rejected THEIR own candidate. McCain now looks weak & ineffectual, not like the guy to trust with the Economy in January. Market closed down 777 points...Will McCain suspend his campaign again & cancel Vice Presidential debate? Hope not; I can't wait to hear Yukon Barbie's plan to rescue the Economy!

Posted by: jbc504 | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Every time a reporter uses the term "Straight Talk Air" he or she is endorsing McCain or serving as his spokesperson.
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"McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane, where he sat in front, separated from reporters by a brown curtain, without making a comment on the bill's defeat."

I thought that was supposed to be irony.

Posted by: martymar123 | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and the republicans are playing politics with your money. Pelosi should have kept her mouth shut, but voting no out of spite has cost everyone money and security. How many banks go under by the time they actually pass a plan now? http://www.politicalinaction.com

Posted by: karlron | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl wrote:
"...This is what the Democrats caused by forcing their subprime mortgages and other minority housing schemes onto the banking sector, requiring banks to make bad loans and using Fannie and Freddie to package them into bad financial products for the investment community..."
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There is a big difference between forbidding lending institutions from discriminating and letting their greed get in the way of sound mortgage practices. We are in this mess because Bush, with McCain right behind him, promoted a culture of unregulated financial expansion.

How many disasters does it take to recognize that companies, left to self-regulation, will screw the public almost every time?

Posted by: lgaide | September 29, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Give it up, McCain. We're not stupid and we're not falling for it. Compare his campaign's sniping and blame-shifting to Obama's call for calm in the markets, and tell me which candidate was more presidential.

Posted by: GoodScout | September 29, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Quick Read: "Showboat McCain calls kettle black." (Don't make me laugh.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | September 29, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who followed McCain's stunts over the past few days knows that he tried to turn the nation's economic collapse into a political advantage. He did not participate in the bailout negotiations. He did not speak during the meeting at the White House. He did not suspend his campaign. He did not return to Washington after the debate. He is currently flying from Columbus, Ohio (not Washington DC) to Des Moines, Iowa.

The Republicans have hit rock-bottom with their lies and manipulation. They're so wrapped up in rewriting reality that they have lost all sense of morality. If the truth is inconvenient, spin it and spin it until voters finally believe the newly invented neocon story.

This country is becoming schizophrenic thanks to the greed of the rich and powerful.

Time for the media to step up to the plate and expose these scumbags.

Posted by: bamccampbell | September 29, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing John McCain rushed to Washington in order to save this last Thursday!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | September 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

My analysis is that the Republicans and McCain are the cause and this is partisan politics to build McCain's electability. McCain and the Republicans are hold the country hostage.

We will see how McCain will spin this and whether the American people will accept that McCain is inept because he could not contain this revolt. I heard what the insurgent Republicans were asking for and it seemed to have no affect on the welfare of ordinary Americans in this crisis. If McCain receives a just evaluation then the gambler will still seek his reward.

Maybe this bailout crisis was created to overshadow the VP debate. When the debate is over so will the crisis end. But McCain will still seek the credit for ending the crisis. If nothing else Obama must protect against giving McCain the opportunity to become the savior. Obama must take this matter more seriously now even if its origins are a political stunt.

He does not belong in the middle of this mess yet he has to be seen as overtly engaged. He must be prepared to go to the American people in case McCain plans to do the same. Obama can be seen as doing something to solve this problem. If Obama is not careful, the conniver will be rewarded.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yes, McCain was so keen to save the country from impending doom that I bet that's what he, his wife, Lieberman and his wife discussed over a lavish 6 course dinner at one of Washington DC's most expensive restaurants just last night. McCain to Cindy, as he sips another Bombay Gin Martini: "Gosh if those people too had married a rich heiress, they wouldn't be so broke."

Posted by: jaysit | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you guys & gals rebel and overthrow this ridiculous system of government you have. Install a parliamentary democracy instead.

If you had a parliament, you would've been able to rid yourself of the scum in Washington as far back as 2002, before all of the Republican-sponsored disasters befell this country. Seriously, American system doesn't work, not anymore, not in this day and age.


Posted by: VMR1 | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, McCain, since you've suceeded in freezing the credit markets; and , I can't get a car loan now...can I borrow one of your cars? Thanks.

Posted by: SueB2 | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

GOP poll numbers will tank over this. Across the nation they are going to get SLAMMED in the elections.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain never suspended his campaign on TV or in the various offices across the country. He lied then and he is still lying now.

So blame it on Obama. Well the Democrats said unless enough Republican vote for the bill they would not allow it to pass. Since many more Republican then Democrats said NAY, I think McCain can take the credit now for having this go down a Reaganomics (the trickle down - country last).

Posted by: jrubin1 | September 29, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow first he does this I'm running off to Washington gimmick that negotiators were frustrated by the political theater, then blames it on Mr. Obama. It sounds to me a bit delusional and thrill seeking through risk taking. Who was it putting homes at risk? Classic partisan behavior trying to turn the tides. No steady leadership recognizable here. Remember it was in the spirit of bi-partisan efforts that Mr. Obama reached out to Mr. McCain to make a joint statement.

Posted by: janefree0513 | September 29, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama speaks with concern for the crisis and the nation. McCain speaks with self-interest, the same self-interest his gutless Republican peers exhibited by voting to walk away from the mess they created. Meanwhile, the stock market fell something like 773 points and I shudder to think how many Americans are rushing to their banks to withdraw $30,000 they know is safe but don't want to be without access to for a couple of days. Hopefully none of you Republican cheerleaders were planning to retire anytime soon. You deserve what you are going to get even though some big-hearted Democrats tried to save you from yourselves.

Posted by: SarahBB | September 29, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Another reason not to vote for McCain. He's too irrational. And Sarah Palin as VP?

Posted by: sherardg | September 29, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

aspergirl how did the democrats cause this? which party has controlled the entire federal govt for six of the last eight years? which party inherited a record surplus and turned it into a record deficit? the studidity of the electorate in this country is astounding. we should really come up with an entirely different system for electing public officials in this country, because 90% of the people are too dumb to make an informed or intelligent choice. it's all the democrats fault. gee i wonder how we got in this mess? let me think. millions of people who are actually dumber than george bush voted for him becuz he comes from their party? this country deserves everything it gets because by and large it's inhabited by morons.

Posted by: red2million | September 29, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This would, I suppose, be more of that bipartisan-reaching-across-the-aisle thing that McCain always likes to talk about. That is, when he's not engaged in finger pointing. If his presence in D.C. and his campaign halting were so important, then why didn't it work? It seems that the stock market isn't the only thing hitting new lows.

Posted by: goodwinc | September 29, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

If Senator McCain wants to be useful (and maybe show just a smidge of leadership) he should take steps to bring his party into line rather than worrying about the other party.

Posted by: scott032
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beautifully put. I wish he would shut the h e ll up already. I am really tired of his POW white knight act already...

Posted by: LABC | September 29, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

You know, you Democrats can try to spin this as much as you want, but when the leaders of the MAJORITY party can't get a bill like this passed with the votes of that MAJORITY party, voters know who to blame. Pelosi only getting 60% of her own party to vote for this bill is a complete disgrace.
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You forget. This is a BUSH bill. If they were trying to play politics, they would all have voted against it. The fact that the Dems got 2/3 of their party to vote for it is amazing. Put the blame where it belongs:

1. Bush and his administration for letting it get to this point. Remember, they saw this coming months ago. That is why they had WH aides working on the bailout for months. That they only managed to come up with a 3 page plan is disgraceful.
2. John McCain. Both parties WERE working together until he pulled his Photo OP stunt. I would love to know what he told the House Republicans while he was conferring with them before the Photo Op.
3. The House Repubs. Whether it was a plan they came up with after talking to McCain, or something they planned in advance, they blindsided everyone in an attempt to gain political advantage.

If, as the House Repub leaders claimed, the House Repubs voted against the bill because of the remarks Speaker Pelosi made before the vote; then SHAME ON THEM!!!! Did they get their widdle feelings hurt? Boo hoo.

Suck it up and put the country first.

Posted by: lgaide | September 29, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This would, I suppose, be more of that bipartisan-reaching-across-the-aisle thing that McCain always likes to talk about. That is, when he's not engaged in finger pointing. If his presence in D.C. and his campaign halting were so important, then why didn't it work? It seems that the stock market isn't the only thing hitting new lows.

Posted by: goodwinc | September 29, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess we can say the same thing about McCain that we can say about George W. Bush: We (and our children, our grandchildren and our Country) are in debt to you; we're in debt because of you. McCain's Mighty Mouse act just crash landed.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 29, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This would, I suppose, be more of that bipartisan-reaching-across-the-aisle thing that McCain always likes to talk about. That is, when he's not engaged in finger pointing. If his presence in D.C. and his campaign halting were so important, then why didn't it work? It seems that the stock market isn't the only thing hitting new lows.

Posted by: goodwinc | September 29, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

WashingtonDame - Spinning?
oh yeah! you were talking about "McCain Campaign Blames Obama, Democrats After Bailout Bill Defeat"

Posted by: shaw000 | September 29, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This would, I suppose, be more of that bipartisan-reaching-across-the-aisle thing that McCain always likes to talk about. That is, when he's not engaged in finger pointing. If his presence in D.C. and his campaign halting were so important, then why didn't it work?

Posted by: goodwinc | September 29, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

AMAZING!! John McCain has the nerve to blame Obama for this when it was he who interjected politics into this whole ordeal by his dramatic announcement that he was suspending his campaign to save the country from financial crises! Yea, that worked out real well McCain. Country first my ass.

Posted by: vflex | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama steps up, urges calm, and asks for everyone to get back to work. McCain rants and rages and blames everyone else. Who is more "presidential" in this mess? I think its clear by now just who has the patience and clear-headedness to run this country.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Doug Holtz-Eakin is turning into Tucker Bounds. Sad.

Posted by: gagkk | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Doug Holtz-Eakin is turning into Tucker Bounds. Sad.

Posted by: gagkk | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm amused. The Democrats try to work with our incredibly unpopular Republican president to put a package together. Said Republican President supports the plan. House Republicans play obstructionists (twice now). And John McCain says this didn't get done because of the Democrats.

Fun...

Stupid...

...but fun...

If Senator McCain wants to be useful (and maybe show just a smidge of leadership) he should take steps to bring his party into line rather than worrying about the other party.

Posted by: scott032 | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

do the tens of millions of people who will vote for mccain/palin realize that not only do the statements of his spokesperson presume that we're all morons, but that by voting for him they're confirming that they're just that? Only a complete and utter idiot could buy that propaganda. it's the most transparent, obviously untrue propaganda I've heard of late. Of course bush did it twice and won, so I guess were really are a country full of morons. But i've always been astounded by the fact that most republicans in public office presume the electorate to be uninformed idiots. what's even more astounding is when the people line up to prove them right. If you buy this propraganda you're a moron.

Posted by: red2million | September 29, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

12 republicans vote against a bill they would otherwise have supported because Nancy Pelosi said something about deregulation under republican administrations (that everyone has been saying for weeks) that hurt their feelings? it's either a lie to explain their vote (more likely) or a crime (to vote against saving the economy just to spite Pelosi). either way, to blame Democrats for "only" delivering 2/3 of their members to support a bailout of a republican administration takes a lot of gall, and no respect for truth.

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

pimpinbenzo73

You're confusing the terms, my friend.
It's the American capitalism, as it is practiced today, that's the closest thing to fascism.

It's capitalist fascism, as opposed to socialist fascism, as practiced by Hitler, or communist fascism, as practiced by Stalin.

Ironically, a healthy dose of socialism is what will save this country from itself.
Believe me, I know, I spent half of my life in a socialist country and half in the US.

Sadly, and surprisingly, you're far more brainwashed in the US that we had ever been in Eastern Europe.

Posted by: VMR1 | September 29, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Stay calm, we'll get this done. We'll get through this.

McCain: It's not my fault!!! I suspended my campaign! I offered to cancel the debate, to cancel the VP debate!!! What more could I have done! Besides Pelosi and Obama said mean things about us! How can we put our country ahead of that!!! It's not, I repeat, it's not my fault!!!! I know how to save the economy. I know how to get this deal done! I am a maverick!!!! ----pardon me while I go barf, John.

Posted by: SueB2 | September 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"McCain can no longer claim that he saved the day by parachuting into the negotiations. His big stunt could not generate Republican support. His campaign's downward spiral just turned into a death spiral."

Posted by: carolinagirl2

Nancy Pelosi, with her botox-frozen, plastic surgery death's head rictus face and inflammatory, partisan finger-pointing speech before the vote, made sure of this bill's defeat.

Good riddance. Let the Democratic bottom feeders who destroyed our mortgage market with their Fannie and Freddie corruption and their subprime mortgage requirements, all crash and fail.

This is what the Democrats caused by forcing their subprime mortgages and other minority housing schemes onto the banking sector, requiring banks to make bad loans and using Fannie and Freddie to package them into bad financial products for the investment community.

Let them all fail. If Wall Street's current business model was working, Wall Street wouldn't have turned into such an economic predator over the past 3 decades. Wall Street's investment banking model is no longer right for our economy and the global economy.

They have to fail and be destroyed and a new capital investing infrastructure has to form.

By throwing massive bailout money, time and attention at these consistently failing, corrupt people and their business models, we only keep the failures and destructive people going, and we make sure the eventual day of reckoning will be worse.

It's time to let Wall Street crash and a new class of capital investing businesses more well-adapted to our economy and global market environment, will arise and take its place. May take years, but keeping these corrupt failures alive is not worth it.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

WashingtonDame wrote:
"You know, you Democrats can try to spin this as much as you want, but when the leaders of the MAJORITY party can't get a bill like this passed with the votes of that MAJORITY party, voters know who to blame. Pelosi only getting 60% of her own party to vote for this bill is a complete disgrace.

Where the hell was Obama? Exactly how many conservative Democrats did he call to ask for their vote? Where is his leadership on this?"
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If this is a joke, it's way too subtle for me. If it's serious, please return to your own parallel universe.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What a stunning display of leadership, McCain. I can only assume we would get even more of this stellar behavior if you win the election. Which I sure as hell hope you don't.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | September 29, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Everything that has ever happened that can be remotely interpreted as being BAD can all be blamed on Obama.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

After McCain's plane took off, his campaign's senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin issued a statement blaming Democrats and presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama for the bill's defeat.

Rewind to Sunday: McCain strategist Steve Schmidt made comments on the bailout bill negotiations on "Meet the Press", taking CREDIT for helping bring House Republicans along. He said, "What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to PASS this."

Well, it doesn't look like McCain was able to bring to the table those same very republican votes that a day ago he said would get this passed. He was not able to discipline his party to vote on behalf of the American people they put personal interest over Country.

You cannot blame the Democrats for not delivering the votes to pass this. They delivered what they announced that they could deliver, together, with what the republicans promised the bill would have passed. The Republicans failed the American people.

Instead of blaming the democrats and sneering at television cameras about Barrack Obama, McCain should have rallied the GOP to get this done.

McCain cannot lead the GOP, let alone the Nation.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain: Your reaction to the failure of this bailout bill--blaming the opposition party--contradicts what you've been saying on the campaign trial: that you work seamlessly with others in the Senate and, in this case, the House. Isn't this now the time to show the American people that you actually believe in your slogan, Country First? Be a postive force, don't claim credit, and win or lose the election on the basis of the American peoples' judgment. Enough already! Too many of us have lost too much--in dollars, faith, and yes, hope.

Posted by: shutt | September 29, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Is the man who suspended his campaign in order to broker a financial deal in Washington really saying that he failed because the Dems called him names? PLEASE! The level of McCain's insanity grows with each week.

Wasn't he going to avoid campaigning and debating until this crisis was fixed? Glad to see he's not really interested in making sure his preconditions are met before acting.

What's glaringly obvious is that the leader of the Republican party has no control over his own peeps. Nor does he seem to have control over his message any more. For this, he has no one to blame but himself.

And he needs to ask himself how playing the blame game will solve the worst financial crisis of his rather long lifetime.

Posted by: anne3 | September 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain: Your reaction to the failure of this bailout bill--blaming the opposition party--contradicts what you've been saying on the campaign trial: that you work seamlessly with others in the Senate and, in this case, the House. Isn't this now the time to show the American people that you actually believe in your slogan, Country First? Be a postive force, don't claim credit, and win or lose the election on the basis of the American peoples' judgment. Enough already! Too many of us have lost too much--in dollars, faith, and yes, hope.

Posted by: shutt | September 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It's time for McCain to show leadership again and suspend his campaign, head to Washington and lead the effort to save this bill.

If it was important the 1st time last week "to get it done before the markets open on Monday", it should be more important today with more days having elapsed.

Posted by: TechieGuy | September 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain: Your reaction to the failure of this bailout bill--blaming the opposition party--contradicts what you've been saying on the campaign trial: that you work seamlessly with others in the Senate and, in this case, the House. Isn't this now the time to show the American people that you actually believe in your slogan, Country First? Be a postive force, don't claim credit, and win or lose the election on the basis of the American peoples' judgment. Enough already! Too many of us have lost too much--in dollars, faith, and yes, hope.

Posted by: shutt | September 29, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Ooops, looks like McCain hung out the "Mission Accomplished" banner a bit too soon. Let's see if he will "suspend" his campaign again to head back to Washington to solve this crisis. Of course, that will probably require delaying the VP debate on Thursday too, as he will certainly need Mrs. Palin by his side to provide advice and counsel.

Posted by: jayelle5 | September 29, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his staff seem to be using doublespeak as in Orwell's "1984," Nearly everything they have said about the bailout bill has been propaganda. They greatly exaggerate McCain's role in supposedly bringing about a compromise bill. Then after a majority of Democrats vote for the bill and most Republicans vote against the bill, the McCain propaganda campaign blames Democrats for its defeat.

How stupid do they think most Americans, especially independents and moderates are, to fall for this nonsense? They certainly do not seem to be conveying a message of "country first.'

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | September 29, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

We should stop playing this party game this is an USA problem and we need to deal with it on that basis. McCains spokes person whom I hope does not really speak for him should stop trying to blame Obama but find a workable solution.

This is not about parties it is about America and everyone should join with me to say stop it, stop trying to fix blame on the other party and fix the problem.

Posted by: shogun1 | September 29, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama's party delivers 2/3, McCain's party delivers 1/3, and it's Obama's fault?

It's frightening when one side gets comfortable saying things that require being in an alternative universe to get the words out of your mouth.

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

" That is, no information other than McCain talking points and propaganda. Frankly, I am amazed that as a matter of editorial style, the Washington Post and other media outlets are still doing this. Think about it, folks -- this is both inappropriate and unprofessional!"

Posted by: joeldbloom | September 29, 2008 3:50 PM
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Actually, I believe it highlights the irony in McCain's claims.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I thought he was instrumental in getting his fellow Republicans to go for the deal! If he can't get members of his own party to go for it, how is he going to be the President of the United States.

All the suspending campaigning talk was just a political stunt that has blown up in John Mccains face. His judgement and rash decision making will get us in more trouble than we are in now.

The way I heard it both Democrats and Republicans said no. They don't want to take the blame if this bail out does not work. I can't blame them. After all it is an election year.

If it wasn't we may not have such an issue.

But people you need to do something. If you don't we are going to be in for a real mess. We may be in for it anyway. Don't they say history repeats itself.

I still think Obama is the man to address this issue. I feel for him inheriting all the GOP, George Bush mess. It will take him 4yrs to get out from under it and another 4 yrs to get things on the upswing.

Before you think about pulling the lever for McCain and Palin- remember who things were when Reagan and Daddy Bush was in office. Is what was going on back then, and now sound familiar. Maybe not as bad as today but we were in a recession. Remember when Clinton was in office, Americans were working, doing good financially,the economy was good and he left office with a balance budget and a surplus which George Bush and his Republican cronies blew in one day.

If you want good days again, we need a change vote for Obama. If you vote for McCain- consider staying home for the sake of America. This country cannot take 4 more years of a Republican administration.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 29, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families."

Wasn't it McCain's announcement that he would stop the Presidential campaign for a photo-op in Washington that was an effort "gain political advantage during a national economic crisis"??

Shameless. Political exile for all Republicans!!

Posted by: thebobbob | September 29, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Buchannan suggested that if McCain wanted to throw a Hail Mary, he should oppose the bailout. He didn't. Instead, like an idiot, he was in such a hurry to take credit for leading republicans to pass it, he didn't wait for it to succeed.

Obama is now asking dems and repubs to step up to the plate and get it done.

so who's the leader, and who's the fool?

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

So here is McCain's logic - if it passes, he takes credits; if it fails, blame the Dems. He loses not only his moral ground but also his brain. Really sad to see a war hero, a so-called marverick I respected for so long has diminished so quick and so much.

Posted by: ExpressReader | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Rightttttt...it's Obama's fault. I believe you McBenedictArnold.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

You know, you Democrats can try to spin this as much as you want, but when the leaders of the MAJORITY party can't get a bill like this passed with the votes of that MAJORITY party, voters know who to blame. Pelosi only getting 60% of her own party to vote for this bill is a complete disgrace.

Where the hell was Obama? Exactly how many conservative Democrats did he call to ask for their vote? Where is his leadership on this?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I love how they're blaming the Democrats and (shockingly) Obama for all of this, when in fact it's been proven that the House Repubs are largely in part to blame for it's defeat. Spin at its finest.

Posted by: XanderB | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The collapse of the bailout bill falls directly at the feet of John McCain. Last week he "suspended" his campaign, rode into Washington like the cavalry to save the day, and just today declared loudly that he had engineered a settlement for the good of the nation.

Now we see that McCain's wild machinations of last week scuttled the initial agreement. And did not result in passage of the negotiated bill today.

When the death of the bill was clear, Obama appeared on national television to call for calm and soothe the markets. McCain remained silent in his ignominious defeat.

The Republican party and John McCain in particular stand now revealed as unpatriotic fear-mongers who put their disasterous infatuation with a defeated ideology above the interests of the country and its citizens.

This is a day of infamy indeed. The GOP is clearly to blame.

Throw out all that trash in November.

Posted by: dee5 | September 29, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

davidjerome - youarestillidiots
ha ha ha...with the markets tanking, I guess some people including myself didn't see the memo from 'capt snarky'

Posted by: shaw000 | September 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If McCain where a real man he would take credit for his failure. America is tired of politicians in denial. Eight is enough!

Posted by: bradcpa | September 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Every time a reporter uses the term "Straight Talk Air" he or she is endorsing McCain or serving as his spokesperson. The same goes for any time a reporter calls him a "maverick" or refers to his alleged "straight talk" in general. In this particular instance, no information is conveyed by writing "McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane a few minutes ago..." instead of "McCain boarded his charter plane a few minutes ago." That is, no information other than McCain talking points and propaganda. Frankly, I am amazed that as a matter of editorial style, the Washington Post and other media outlets are still doing this. Think about it, folks -- this is both inappropriate and unprofessional!

Posted by: joeldbloom | September 29, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain’s experience doesn’t amount to my pittance of a retirement savings plan and his poor judgment is more than alarming.

If this election is between sound judgment and experience, consider what experience has gotten us:

A war based on lies and misinformation that have cost the lives of thousands of Americans and injured tens of thousands of more…not to mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi causalities. Obama said NO from the beginning, McCain pushed hard to go into IRAQ before we’d even begun the work in Afghanistan. Sound judgment seems so much more appealing than ‘experience’.

McCain, knowing his own health issues and his recent bouts with cancer, selects a political novice with no measurable executive experience as his running mate for the purpose of enflaming the passions of the right wing religious right voters and driving them to the polls. His decision reeks of senility and exhibits a profound lack of judgment.

McCain’s constant support of the deregulation of Wall Street and his ‘trickle down’ economic policies are the primary causes of the current financial meltdown. McCain has lots of experience fighting for the Fat Cat investors and bankers, but we’ll all be experiencing the consequences of his poor judgment.

The sound judgment of Obama, coupled with the National Security experience and expertise of Joe Biden and their progressive approach at tackling what ails the USA, is exactly what America needs.

David L. Wylie
www.gaysofla.com

Posted by: northmiamidave | September 29, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

One question: in what way is it appropriate for supposedly objective reporters to call McCain's plane by the ludicrous campaign slogan name he gives it? i.e. Straight Talk Air.

Just call it a charter plane for god's sakes.

Posted by: monk4hall | September 29, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Every time a reporter uses the term "Straight Talk Air" he or she is endorsing McCain or serving as his spokesperson. The same goes for any time a reporter calls him a "maverick" or refers to his alleged "straight talk" in general. In this particular instance, no information is conveyed by writing "McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane a few minutes ago..." instead of "McCain boarded his charter plane a few minutes ago." That is, no information other than McCain talking points and propaganda. Frankly, I am amazed that as a matter of editorial style, the Washington Post and other media outlets are still doing this. Think about it folks -- this is both inappropriate and unprofessional!

Posted by: joeldbloom | September 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

its you the public who doesn't get it! this is John's SHREWD ingenious solution. If the country's economy sinks into oblivion, who will want to go to the USA -- legal or illegal? Thanks John pass the worthless currency please.

Posted by: hueyhong47 | September 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Now that the bailout bill failed to pass despite McCain's riding a white horse to be the white knight by "suspending" his campaign, he should blame it all on Obama. After all, Obama refused to delay the first debate. Otherwise McCain would have been able to hammer out a bill acceptable to his Republican free loaders, I mean free traders.

There is only one thing McCain could do now. Don't dismount from the white horse. He should re-suspend his campaign until after Nov. 4, so he could run for the 2012 Republican nomination, with Palin on top. After all, he will only be 76 then and will be perfectly suited as Palin's VP. That will really "energize" the Republican base, and Senator Lieberman, and guarantee a 2012 victory.

Posted by: steviana | September 29, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

shaw000: davidjerome - what planet are you from?
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I'm assuming it's "Planet Snark". Looks like david was a bit too subtle for some folks.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 29, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I'd say this, but thank god for the House Republicans. This is a great day for American Capitalism and a dark day for the fascists that would tax our children into oblivion while enriching Wall Street bankers. They took the profits, why should the rest of us take the losses???

Posted by: pimpinbenzo73 | September 29, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The facts are simple:

- This is a classic Prisoner's Dilemma in which everyone wants to see the bill passed so Dow Jones will stop plunging and yet everyone wants everyone else, not themselves, to shoulder the risk of casting the yes vote.

- There are significantly more free-riders within the GOP than within the Dem. Party.

- One may accuse Pelosi of failing to bring over the free-riders in her own party. But it is absolutely ridiculous to blame her for the GOP failure. Don't House Republicans have their leader? We call their leader minority leader, by the way.

Posted by: ChrisL1 | September 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Because only about 40% of the Democrats didn't vote for the squandering bill even though they are in the majority, Nancy Pelosi's party isn't in disarray, right?

Posted by: ing1 | September 29, 2008 3:25 PM
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60% of dems voted for the bailout only 40% voted against. I guess math isn't your strong suite. It was McCain flying in to washington or should I say he was shot down in washington and became a prisoner or wah wah from his republican lames claiming that he was goint to put this deal together! Now he can't be found!! LOLOLOLOL so, not only are you just all wrong but your hero, yeah you know the one who thought he was going to come and put this together, can't be found cause of all the crap talkin from him and his campagin. How STUPID THEY ARE AND HOW STUPID THEY MUST FEEL!@!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOL LOSERS!!!

Posted by: gabbamonkey | September 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see that McCain has suspended his campaign until there's a bailout deal....oops...maybe not.


McCain is still phoning it in:


How out of touch is McCain with his own campaign? Today during a speech in Columbus, Ohio, McCain was still peddling the fiction that he had "suspended" his campaign last week, saying:


"You know, remarkably, some people have criticized my decision, but I will never, ever be a president who sits on the sidelines when this country faces a crisis. I know that many of you may have noticed, but it's not my style to simply "phone it in."
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http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/McCain_to_do_round_of_network_interviews_tonight.html?showall
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Except that McCain did phone it in.


"John McCain is staying in Washington this weekend to keep working on the bailout legislation. He will not be visiting Capital Hill, however, preferring to work out of his campaign office"

"He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone,'' said senior adviser Mark Salter.
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http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/27/politics/fromtheroad/entry4482838.shtml
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Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The deal was brokered to be bipardisan. The democrats were able to garnish all of the votes that they could, some Democratic constituencies would be unforgiving. The Republicans indicated that they had the votes to get it passed, and they reniged.

John McCain supported this and was not able to get his party to stand behind him. He is no leader, among his own, much less the Nation.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a preview of what we can expect if by some unfortunate event McCain becomes President; Repubs rejecting every important piece of legislation McCain supports. Gridlock for four years. He has virtually zero support form the House Repubs and cannot bring them over no matter how dire the circumstances.

Posted by: dcwsano | September 29, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This one is ALL on the Republicans.

If the experts are right on this, and this does lead to a full-on meltdown of our economy, the Republican party will be decimated for years to come.

Posted by: gthstonesman | September 29, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Some Repubs voted no just to spite Pelosi. Absolutely unbelievable. These people should immediately be recalled from office. NO POLITICIAN SHOULD EVER PUT THEIR PRIDE BEFORE THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY. How dare they!

Posted by: DogBitez | September 29, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Barney Frank just had the best zinger. The Republican leadership was trying to sell the idea that somehow TWELVE republican members changed their votes after being insulted by Speaker Pelosi's speech (which the CNN correspondent said praised the bipartisan effort and he couldn't see anything in it that would insult). But Frank said that Republicans have admitted to being more petty than one could ever expect: that in response to a REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION'S request to address an unprecedented financial crisis, 12 members acted so petty as to torpedo the country because their "FEELINGS" got hurt???? Frank offered to go talk to each of them extra nice to see if they'd change their votes back. OMG ... WHERE'S MCCAIN NOW???? After blowing up the original plan??? Inciting the House Republicans??? Oh, he's blaming Barack Obama (who I thought he said didn't understand anything and had no expereince to do anything so powerful). LIARS... they never had the votes from these supply side idiots who brought us to the brink of this crisis as it is. Amazing. A vote for John McCain is a vote backwards ....

Posted by: Omyobama | September 29, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

John McCain the leader... John McCain, puts country first? Why does John suddenly have nothing to say? Because what he thought would happen, that he could possibly take credit for didn't happen. Now he has to figure out what to say tomorrow when he has to take credit for engineering the defeat of this bill. One day he's for it and the next day who knows what he's going to say? Is this the kind of a person that we want to be president? Absolutely not.

VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER

Posted by: robertmerry | September 29, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to take a moment to thank Mr McCain for taken a good portion of my 401k and my children's college savings.

Basically everything I've worked towards for the past 10 years.

Nice "Family Values"

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse


So no statement from Big Mac after the bailout bill defeat, huh?

just a few days ago, the geezer was on all channels saying that he was suspending his campaign and hurrying to D.C. to fix the financial crisis.

Now we see the result. No wonder the GOP hopeful clown is silent. He needs time and somebody to explain what it's all about. That it's for real, and that he and Moose Skinner are no match for the task ahead.

Listen John! Why not call it a day, drop the towel, send Sarah back to her igloo in Alaska, and retire in Arizona?

Posted by: bekabo | September 29, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Because only about 40% of the Democrats didn't vote for the squandering bill even though they are in the majority, Nancy Pelosi's party isn't in disarray, right?

Posted by: ing1 | September 29, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The defeat of this bill is squarely the responsibility of Nancy Pelosi. As Speaker of the House, and leader of the Republican party in the House, it is her job to make sure that the Republicans vote in support of the President's policies, and she failed in that responsiblilty.

Posted by: davidjerome | September 29, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse
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WHAT! The speaker of the house is a democrat and you think she should've been able to get republicans to do what she wants? I don't think you have a solid foundation of AMERICAN politics. The republicans FAILED and just like dumbazz repugs, you blame a democrat for the failings of your republicans. They are pathetic and for you to make that statement, your intelligence is now in question.....

Posted by: gabbamonkey | September 29, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Great job, Senator McCain! Glad to see you saved the day and didn't just "phone in" your support for the financial markets stability package. Of course it is Obama's fault that it failed. Never mind that a majority of Democrats supported the measure and a majority of Republicans opposed it. Pay no attention to facts, people! Just listen to the guy who bellows the loudest - that's how you can tell who has convictions (whether they are true or not DOES NOT MATTER).

Posted by: johnsonc2 | September 29, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Because only about 40% of the Democrats didn't vote for the squandering bill even though they are in the majority, Nancy Pelosi's party isn't in disarray, right?

Posted by: ing1 | September 29, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

davidjerome - what planet are you from? Speaker ? responsible to make sure members vote for a bill ? Yeah! give her a gun to put on every members head to vote for the bill?

I cannot believe the partisan moronism that exists in this country. Aren't people ashamed of even thinking that way. oops! I forgot they dont believe in evolution either. So their brains are still pre-historic

Posted by: shaw000 | September 29, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

95 House Democrats voted against this bill.

That Pelosi couldn't get enough of HER OWN PARTY to get to the needed votes is shocking.

The bill should never have been sent to a vote under these circumstances.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 29, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Because only about 40% of the Democrats didn't vote for the squandering bill even though they are in the majority, Nancy Pelosi's party isn't in disarray, right?

Posted by: ing1 | September 29, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is not republican and she does not control republican votes. It seems that some democrats also voted against. However, it is rather ironic that the same republicans who have, (to use Steve Schmidt's words), "been 150% in the tank" for Bush, did not go along with the bill that would at least correct some of the egregious things that Bush and the repugs have brought about either through commission or neglect. Everything can and will be laid at the republican's door by the majority of U.S. citizens. Once the pain of this failure is truly felt by the public, republicans will not be able to go out in day light for years and years and years. Truly laughing out loud.....

Posted by: robertmerry | September 29, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If McCain stays true to form, he will continue to brag how he has solved the crisis.

It won't matter to him that it hasn't been solved. And besides, he'll say, it was Obama's fault anyway. So there.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

McWimpy the fearless leader isn't going to say anything until he's had his finger in the wind long enough to see what's the most popular position. He's a hypocrite, as well as a liar ("suspended" campaign, anyone?)

Posted by: bclark3 | September 29, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Mighty Mouse costume will have to go back to the prop room of the McCain campaign.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 29, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain thanks for rushing back to DC to bring everyone together! You certainly saved the day!

Posted by: morning135 | September 29, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess this makes McClame a fuukin idiot for real!!!! All that press conference about coming to washington to lead? Cancelling the debate to do what? HE LOOKS LIKE A DUMBAZZ BIITCH NOW! After this fiasco, Mcclame has to look forward to his VP pick getting cleaned out by Biden. Oh the fat lady is singing her ALBUM!!!!!LOLOLOLOLO

Posted by: gabbamonkey | September 29, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Uh, does this mean that McCain is going to stop bragging about solving the crisis?

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

So McCain flew to DC last week to show leadership and get things going. He sat rather numb in the White House meeting that he considered so critical, knowing that the legislation was being sandbagged.

Then he worked the phones from his office. After the vote today he said Obama showed no leadership on only phoned in. What's the difference between working the phones in your office or on the road? Can McCain at least answer that simple question?

This is a job that needs to be done in the Senate and in the House. McCain and Bush are just two guys out of their league and need to forget the leadership stuff while Congress continues to work.

Posted by: KHMJr | September 29, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The defeat of this bill is squarely the responsibility of Nancy Pelosi. As Speaker of the House, and leader of the Republican party in the House, it is her job to make sure that the Republicans vote in support of the President's policies, and she failed in that responsiblilty.

Posted by: davidjerome | September 29, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi does not CONTROL the Republican votes in Congress. So what, she made a partisan speech, the Republicans could have responded with a partisan rebuttal yet still pass the measure with the interest of the American economy and people at hand.

The republicans are more interested in saving face than protecting the American economy.

McCain should have brought his party above this. He is the leader of the Republican party. If he cannot bring his party together, how can we expect him to bring the nation together.

This is a mess.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any upside for McNasty from this fiasco, but I do find humor in the House Republicans going against their lame-duck imbecilic president, they once fawned over so much, gave him his war, helped with his lies. And now they cry "socialism." That's funny, because not only was this bill engendered by the administration, but helping soften the blow to investment bankers is not the same thing as socialism. But why let a fact as simple as that stand in the way. The rats need a punch line as they run down the ropes from the USS Bush League.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | September 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

This just goes to show you that the Republican party is in internal disarray and because they are a house divided they ALLOWED that division to threaten the fiscal health of the nation's economy.

McCain was unsuccessful as the head of the Republican party to rally the troops around this proposal that had his blessing. McCain is all talk and he put his foot in his mouth today slamming Obama.

McCain should have been more concerned about working within his own party than his continued condecending rants and sneering at Barrack Obama. He is no leader.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

glclark4750 writes:

I am a solid Democrat - but Pelosi blew this deal - she had to make it about the virtues of being a Democrat - ...

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I disagree. The two parties, and two houses of Congress, had to come together on this one. The rescue plan a.k.a. bailout was horribly unpopular but necessary. The only way something described that way can happen is if all parties agree to support it for the good of the country. A good example was the Mexican economic bailout, on which Newt Gingrich supported the White House and President Clinton because it was the right thing to do and the stakes were so high.

I haven't seen the exact breakdown of votes, but Pelosi delivered over half of the Democrats (I think I read 60 percent) whereas the House Republicans could only deliver 30 percent of their votes -- meaning that 70 percent of House Republicans voted against Americans' shared economic future. Shame.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 29, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This just goes to show you that the Republican party is in internal disarray and because they are a house divided they ALLOWED that division to threaten the fiscal health of the nation's economy.

McCain was unsuccessful as the head of the Republican party to rally the troops around this proposal that had his blessing. McCain is all talk and he put his foot in his mouth today slamming Obama.

McCain should have been more concerned about working within his own party than his continued condecending rants and sneering at Barrack Obama. He is no leader.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what John McBush thinks!


How many times does McBush have to prove to America that he's dumber than a bag of rocks and doesn't know squat about the economy?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo
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Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

CNN was saying that a McCain camp spokesperson was blaming the failed vote on a lack of leadership by Obama.

That is a good one, lol.

Posted by: nowanna3 | September 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are playing politics with your money. If the bill was really that important to stave off economic disaster, then you still vote for it. Offended or not... Great analysis here: http://www.politicalinaction.com/

Posted by: karlron | September 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I am a solid Democrat - but Pelosi blew this deal - she had to make it about the virtues of being a Democrat - ............
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/29/pelosi-blew-this-deal/

Posted by: glclark4750 | September 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean McCain will be resuspending his unsuspended never quite suspended campaign and calling for the VP debate to be postponed or canceled?

Good chance to get Palin off the debate hook while she is ahead.

Posted by: nowanna3 | September 29, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain can no longer claim that he saved the day by parachuting into the negotiations. His big stunt could not generate Republican support. His campaign's downward spiral just turned into a death spiral.

Posted by: carolinagirl2 | September 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain can no longer claim that he saved the day by parachuting into the negotiations. His big stunt could not generate Republican support. His campaign's downward spiral just turned into a death spiral.

Posted by: carolinagirl2 | September 29, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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