WASHINGTON--Everyone is surprised. The bailout bill failed on Monday; some two-thirds of the Democrats backed the legislation; Republicans could not come up with the 12 more votes needed to get it passed. Republican leaders--astoundingly--blamed a speech House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made from the House floor. What an irresponsible cheap shot during a time of a national emergency. Some feelings were hurt by Pelosi? Oh please.
Said GOP House Leader John Boehner
"I do believe that we could have gotten there today had it not been for this partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House.
"I mean, we were, we were -- we put everything we had into getting the votes to get there today. But the speaker had to give a partisan voice that poisoned our conference; caused a number of members, who we thought we could get, to go south."