It Was McCain Who Derailed The Deal

September 25, 2008 at 9:55 pm | Posted in American politics | 15 Comments

Never forget it.

But once the doors closed, the smooth-talking House Republican leader, John A. Boehner of Ohio, surprised many in the room by declaring that his caucus could not support the plan to allow the government to buy distressed mortgage assets from ailing financial companies.

Mr. Boehner pressed an alternative that involved a smaller role for the government, and Mr. McCain, whose support of the deal is critical if fellow Republicans are to sign on, declined to take a stand.

He declined to take a stand. Even though he has been claiming all week that Treasury Secretary Paulson’s plan should be adhered to. When it came down to it McCain “declined to take a stand.”

And look at the Bush administration trying to cover its butt:

It was the very outcome the White House had said it intended to avoid, with partisan presidential politics appearing to trample what had been exceedingly delicate Congressional negotiations.

Sure you did, that’s why you made this meeting happen at McCain’s behest. You knew fully well that it would be politicized to the EXTREME.

Once again, it is a shame and a travesty that hardcore extremist Republican House members hold this nation by the balls, and once again a shame and a travesty that mainstream Republicans and all Democrats don’t stand up to these idiots and just simply say, “no more.”

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  1. Get a better source. That’s not what happened.

  2. show me a better source, because that is indeed what happened.

  3. http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/09/mccain_kept_head_down_in_meeti.php

    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. 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.

  4. truther,

    McCain declined to take the lead. Marc Ambinder’s account is the same as that of the New York Times. What problem do you have with the New York Times account? From all the commentators I’ve seen, no one has questioned the New York Times account but you.

  5. It’s evident which commentators you’ve seen.

    Read again-

    “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.”

    Of all the hack jobs…I guess this is just a blog.

    You spend one post derailing the plan yourself, and then come up with this anti-McCain spin off of a negotiation effort to make the plan better, which most Americans and congress agree should happen. Negotiation naturally involves conflict, anyway.

    McCain should take the lead? Funny that there was not one line about Obama.

  6. truther,

    In other words, he did NOTHING. he did not LEAD. That’s not who we need in office right now.

  7. I know. Obama needs to LEAD, for sure.

  8. Um, perhaps you haven’t realized this, but the current bill as constituted contains ALL FOUR of Obama’s points that he hoped would be in the bill.

    Where are McCain’s suggestions in the bill? Uh…er…um….there ain’t none!

  9. Obama’s points lately have been the Bush points.

  10. Actually no. Republican talking points are all you got dude.

    Look, Obama’s points are not Bush’s points. Remember, Bush did not include Obama’s points in his outline. He had to go with Obama’s points because Obama’s points made sense.

    And once again, what exactly are McCain’s points here? Please, share them. To this point all I see is him doing NOTHING.

  11. McCain has done more than BO, unfortunately. Obama loves to ride a recession to the polls. It’s his winning message.

    What is Obama doing? Winning an election off of the demise of Americans. What talking points has he contribute that he hasn’t swiped from Republican points? Republicans being the staunchest opponents of the Bush $700 billion bill (common knowledge).

  12. truther, you really are dumb, and I hate to say that but you really are. You’re a partisan Republican hack who cannot face reality. Go away before I have to taunt you with harsher language.

  13. Is truther another of DKL’s aliases?

  14. or nasamomdele. He bugged me not long ago.

  15. as far as DKL is concerned, he got played by Pelosi (he’s calling for her resignation). He’s a fool. He always has been. See, Pelosi hedged her bets and Republicans come off looking like fools, so of course someone like DKL is going to be mad at Pelosi.


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