Why just blame Pelosi? Where is the blame for the Republicans, who did not deliver the votes their leaders said they would?
I blame them for being cowards, but Pelosi was both
a coward and a loud idiot making things worse. Given that I don't see them grandstanding like that I reserve special blame for her.
So, f*ck em. If they don't want to vote to support the bill that their own party leader Bush and their prospective new party leader McCain put forward and supported, then it is not the Dems job to pass the bill - and especially one with most of the goodies the Dems wanted added in, stripped out.
The reasons for passing the bill are not because of who proposed it. She has spent all weekend saying that it was their collective "responsibility" and "had to be done".
If it is their responsibility, and has to be done, then making political hay shouldn't override it.
And not to mention the fact that several provisions attempting to limit the regulation on the recipients of our cash, were revealed by the Treasury to be cosmetic in nature only. There would be no serious equity and no executive comp. limitations.
The bill is not anywhere near perfect, but it's necessary. Executive comp limitations are nothing but a populist sideshow and completely irrelevant to the big picture. It plays well to want to lynch the "fat cats" but none of that would have amounted to 1/100th of a percent of the bill. It's just feel good classism.
Bush and the Bush treasury are not rational actors in this game; they are corrupt and cannot be trusted one bit. So why should the Dems, knowing this give up everything?
Give up what? They know the bill should have passed but didn't want to be seen as responsible. What are they giving up except political capital to do the right thing? Pelosi just spent the weekend saying it was a "responsibility" and why should Republican balkers change that?
They should have taken responsibility to pass it. All of them. And the loud mouth partisans who worry more about how they are perceived than what they admit is their "responsibility" are worthy of criticism both for being gutless as well as being divisive blowhards.