Frank, Pelosi Hammer McCain -- Again
In a press conference just concluded on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) an "intervening event" without even naming him, saying that progress was being made on Friday until McCain showed up.
The tart-tongued Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services committee, actually named the Republican presidential candidate, saying, "Now that Sen. McCain is safely in Mississippi, we can get back to serious work."
McCain decided that he would, in fact, debate his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in Oxford, Miss., tonight now that his work in Washington was done.
To Democrats, McCain has been like a guy who signed up for World War II just in time to parachute onto the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri as the peace treaty with Japan was about to be signed, and then caused a fight that started the war back up.
A number of fiscal conservatives in Congress, however, were happy that McCain was at the bargaining table.
Frank stuck to his earlier optimism that a deal could be worked out before Monday's opening bell on Wall Street.
"I am convinced that by Sunday, we will have an agreement that people will understand on this bill," Frank said.
-- Frank Ahrens
September 26, 2008; 5:09 PM ET
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