[IWE] Pelosi's viciously partisan speech

D. Scott Katzer iwe@warhead.org.uk
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:44:11 -0400

Hi Jay and Bill,

Jay Mehaffey wrote:
> From: Bill Patient <bepatient@cfl.rr.com>
> >It was monumentally stupid on her part. Surprised you can't admit even 
> that.
> Or bastard cunning. I'm not sure I'm willing to give her that much 
> credit, but
> she may have done it intentionally to derail the bill. She had to know 
> it was
> marginal to pass anyway, she sinks it on the sly and the Republicans take
> most of the blame.
I heard somewhere, no linky yet, that Nancy was pissed off at the 
Republicans because it became clear that they weren't going to keep up 
their end of the deal. "Enough" was the term that was used.

But until I find a linky, there's this bit (via FireDogLake):


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Leadership officials blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for 
the failure of the bill, claiming her floor address was filled with 
partisan barbs and forced some Republicans to vote no.

But other Republicans disagreed strongly with that assertion, which was 
mocked by Democrats as false and petty.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the GOP leadership comments were 
untrue, asserting that House Republicans voted against the bill because 
of its contents.

“We’re not babies who suck our thumbs,” Bachmann said at a press 
conference after the vote.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), the chairman of the conservative Republican 
Study Committee who has triggered speculation that he will mount a 
leadership bid, was one of the first members to publicly reject the 
revised rescue plan.

Hensarling appeared at the press conference with Bachmann, as well as 
other Republicans who voted no, including Reps. Scott Garrett (N.J.), 
Steve King (Iowa), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.).

Behind closed doors, sources said Hensarling was uncompromising on the 
cost of the bailout, and that led to a tense exchange with House Chief 
Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Boehner saw even his closest allies reject his pleas to support the bill 
— including McCotter, Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), Pete Hoekstra 
(R-Mich.) and freshman Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), whom Boehner 
tapped earlier in the year to head up the Republican Platform Committee.

“Boehner understands,” McCotter said, adding that the GOP leader knew 
members would have to vote their conscience.

Meanwhile, several members of Blunt’s whip team also rejected the bill.
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The Republicans couldn't get their act together and looked to Nancy as a 
convenient villain.