Strange Bedfellows (Seattle P-I online-only political blog):
How Washington's House members voted on the $700 billion emergency financial rescue package that was defeated Monday:Howie P.S.: You can watch Nancy Pelosi's remarks that "Lead to GOP Finger-Pointing" here, and Barack Obama's remarks yesterday here. Ben Smith is now reporting that Obama "steps off the sidelines with a specific proposal calculated to win more Democratic support for the bailout, and a promise to involve himself personally. His statement, out early this morning," here. Ken Camp reviews the options in "Bailout: What's next" (NPI Advocate). Matt Stoller chimes in with "Treasury Officials Admit Bill's CEO Compensation Measure and Restrictions on Paulson Were a Farce" (H/t to Glenn Greenwald who's no fan of the bailout bill that failed yesterday). Booman says "Be a Grown-Up...it is an acceptable piece of legislation under the circumstances." Ari Melber, riding onboard Air Obama, has "Obama Demurs on McCain Bailout Attack, For Now" this morning. Ari says ends with this back and forth
Yes: Rep. Jim McDermott. Rep. Norm Dicks. Rep. Adam Smith. Rep. Rick Larsen. Rep. Brian Baird (All Democrats).
No: Rep. Dave Reichert. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Rep. Doc Hastings. (All Republicans). Rep. Jay Inslee (Democrat).
Jeff Zeleny, a reporter for The New York Times, crouched near the motorcade and asked for a response to McCain’s latest attack — that Obama was “injecting politics” into the fight over the bailout.Howie P.P.S: I vote for the bait in question as belonging to McCain.
Obama said he had already addressed the issue in his speech on Monday, and he pledged that he would have more to say tomorrow. This is a campaign, so that promise is pretty safe.
Obama also yelled back that he’d learned not to take the bait — though that’s not an exact quote, and I’m not sure what it means anyway. (McCain’s bait? Zeleny’s?)