Thursday, December 11, 2008

Now that is politics

The Senate just shot down the bailout bill for the automotive industry. While 52 voted for and 35 against, it required 60 to bring it up for a vote. The votes were pretty much along party lines ("Yes": 40D, 10R & 2 independents. "No": 4D and 31R)

What amazed me about this is what Harry Reid said immediately afterwards. The following is from the NY Times:

"It’s over with,” the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said on the Senate floor, after it was clear that a deal could not be reached. “I dread looking at Wall Street tomorrow. It’s not going to be a pleasant sight.”

Mr. Reid added: “This is going to be a very, very bad Christmas for a lot of people as a result of what takes place here tonight.”

Sounds pretty straightforward for a Democrat... except then I checked out the roll call that was published by the Associated Press.

Turns out that Reid voted against it.

So, how much do you want to bet that the talking points from the Democrats will be about how it's the Republicans fault for voting against the bailot, and nobody is going to bring up the fact that the same guy wailing and gnashing his teeth about it didn't vote for it either.

Now that's the kind of a chutzpah that you see in politics.

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