Sep 26 2008
The House GOP is not happy with the current bailout plan, yet Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid demand majority support from both sides of the aisle. Answer: Dems – start compromising. I have had my doubts about the bailout bill since it was liberal policies which forced banks to make unsafe loans that got us here. But panic is not rational, and we need to avoid a meldown due to panic (also due to Democrat exaggeration).
Here’s the bottom line on tonight’s aborted compromise:\
Though Sen. Chris Dodd implied that Sen. McCain sandbagged the rest of the negotiators by bringing up alternative proposals, McCain himself did not bring up those proposals, according to four independent sources briefed by four different principals inside the meeting, including two Republicans and two Democrats.
“McCain has not attacked the Paulson deal,” said a third Republican who was briefed by McCain direclty. “Unlike the [Democrats] in the [White House] meeting, he didn’t raise his voice or cause a ruckus. He is urging all sides to come together.”
Republicans like John Boehner brought up the concerns of House GOPers and McCain acknowledged hearing about their concerns.Â And McCain, and staffers, did seek to gauge the level of support of the GOP working group’s white paper. The Democrats were left with the impression that McCain endorsed the GOP efforts, but they concede that he did not raise them directly.
Look, Dems cannot demand political cover from the GOP and then whine they want a voice a the table. There are some polls out showing McCain took a huge leap in support on his move to put country first:
The survey, half conducted before McCain’s announcement Wednesday that he would suspend his campaign to concentrate on the financial crisis and half conducted after the announcement, shows movement in McCain’s favor after his announcement. Before the announcement – which included about half of the total polling sample – Obama led by one point.Â But McCain led by 5 points in polling completed after his statement about the suspension of his campaign.
What is the most reviled institution in America? The Democrat led Congress. If Obama cannot show leadership with his party, which came out blaming McCain and the GOP in a fit of partisanship, then he is no agent of ‘change’. Â This election may be decided in the next 24 hours.