I’m reading an AP article on the vote and my blood is boiling.
Some finer exerpts…
More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill.
> find their names, vote against them.
The overriding question for congressional leaders was what to do next. Congress has been trying to adjourn so that its members can go out and campaign for the election that is just five weeks away.
> they want to campaign? Wreck the economy and the future because they want a little R&R?
Republicans blamed Pelosi’s scathing speech near the close of the debate — which attacked Bush’s economic policies and a “right-wing ideology of anything goes, no supervision, no discipline, no regulation” of financial markets — for the vote’s failure.
“We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” Minority Leader John Boehner said. Pelosi’s words, the Ohio Republican said, “poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south.”
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the whip, estimated that Pelosi’s speech changed the minds of a dozen Republicans who might otherwise have supported the plan.
> She hurt their feelings so they decided to vote against the bill? Get over it, vote for the damn bill and worry about your ‘feelings’ later. As for Pelosi, just for a moment – one fucking moment – think before opening your mouth.
And my favorite …
“We’re all worried about losing our jobs,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declared in an impassioned speech in support of the bill before the vote. “Most of us say, ‘I want this thing to pass, but I want you to vote for it — not me.'”
Go ahead, re-read it. Let the implications wash over you like a water break on the WPA.