According to a website devoted to the electoral college, voting in “safe” disticts was essentially split 50-50, but swing district congressmen voted in favor of their re-election, overwhelmingly.
One of the big talking points is that the GOP was willing to support the “bailout,” but Speaker Nancy Pelosi poisoned the vote when she gave a partisan speech just five minutes before the vote.
So let me see if I can get this straight, House Republicans liked this plan and thought it would help stave off economic Armageddon, but changed their vote at the last minute to spite Nancy Pelosi?
Another interesting tidbit, Jake Tappers blog at ABC indicates that he got an email right after the vote that said:
“What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this”
–McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt
Unfortunately, it doesn’t specifically claim it was from the McCain camp. Was this a prediction that Schmidt had made that didn’t come to fruition? Or was this another instance of the McCain camp declaring victory on an event that hadn’t yet happened?
For that matter, what does it say that McCain couldn’t get the House Republicans to vote for the bill?
For the record, Congressmen Higgins, Slaughter and Reynolds all voted for the “bailout.”
One other side note: I read on a blog earlier that this is A LOT different from 1929 … cause we can drink this time around.