Is it misinterpreted out there? There are lot of people who are frustrated with spending, taxing, borrowing, bailouts, takeovers, and I think it fits into that overall narrative. That's something that those of us who voted for TARP will have to explain to voters.
That's one of the repercussions of Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) decision to deny Democrats votes on 108 stalled nominees today. One of the blocked nominees: former White House press secretary Dana Perino, nominated to the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
"Clearly this is more than just individual judgments about candidates," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters. "Clearly there is a systemic attack underway against this administration's ability to govern and to have its people in these significant and responsible positions. And that would be consistent with all of the secrecy of the hold. If you're engaged in a systemic attack on the administration's ability to govern, then you don't have to have a reason, you don't need a reason, and you don't have to disclose. Secrecy becomes a wonderful thing."
"Absolutely," said Kyl. "You're not in 5,000 feet of water. You've got a pipeline nearby. And you've got experience drilling in that area."
At a small scrum inside the Capitol, reporters asked Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) variations of the same question -- did he assign any blame to the Obama administration for the disaster on the Gulf Coast?
Human Events, watching Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) closely, reports on his new, clear framing of the possible bailout threat posed by the financial regulatory legislation.