How they voted on today's $700 Billion bailout bill.
DEMOCRATS - Yea 140, Nay 95
REPUBLICANS - Yea 65, Nay 133, Not Voting 1
Total in favor: 205
Total against: 228
Not Voting: 1
60% of the Democrats voted in favor of the bailout plan.
Only 33% of the Republicans voted in favor of the bailout plan.
Maybe this is just another John McCain election stunt, and he'll ride up to the Capitol on his white horse and magically enough Republicans will switch their votes in favor of the bill to allow its passage.
Maybe Americans will have to go to the polls and vote enough House Republicans out of office to allow a strong enough Democratic majority to ensure its passage.
Update: After John McCain's campaign stunt last week McCain, speaking earlier today, was ready to take credit for the passage of the bill:
"I went to Washington last week to make sure that the taxpayers of Ohio and across this great country were not left footing the bill for mistakes made in Wall Street and evil and greed in Washington," McCain said.
Despite numerous earlier claims that this crisis was not a situation to be politicized, McCain then added, "it's a matter of record Senator Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced. At first, at first he didn't want to get involved. And then he was "monitoring the situation." That's not leadership, that's watching from the sidelines."
And of course now that McCain's efforts failed, he'll blame Obama even more.
All you have to do is check those vote tallies above to see which candidate failed to rally a majority of their party's house members to vote in favor of the bill. Only 33% of Republicans voted in favor of the bill while a full 60% of the Democrats voted yes.
McCain cannot lead those in his own party, much less a bi-partisan agenda of change.
John McCain represents more of the same old crap in Washington. There are even Republicans who claim that a speech by Nancy Pelosi resulted in enough Republican anger that the bailout bill failed.
Catch that, American voters? Republicans who would otherwise have voted in favor of the bill are punishing you because they are mad at Nancy Pelosi.
Vote these clowns out of office and put Barack Obama in the White House. Let's stop this madness....
Update II: A statement released by the McCain campaign mirrors perfectly the anger expressed by House Republicans who chose to punish hard-working Americans by voting no:
From the minute John McCain suspended his campaign and arrived in Washington to address this crisis, he was attacked by the Democratic leadership: Sens. Obama and [Harry] Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others. Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families.
Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill.
Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome.
This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country.
There you go. A statement from the McCain campaign that spells out specifically that House Republicans voted against this bill out of anger towards Democrats.
Does that sound like "Country First" to you?
Update III: The good new is that John McCain is finally admitting that the country is in a recession:
McCain said Democrat Barack Obama advocates tax-and-spend policies that "will deepen our recession"
Considering that two weeks ago McCain wouldn't even acknowledge that there were problems with the economy -- well, this is progress, at least.
But since John McCain cannot even recognize a recession as it boils up around him, why should we trust John McCain's judgment that Barack Obama's economic policies will "deepen our recession?
McCain is a pathetic hack that'll say anything to get elected, and when America laughs at what he says he just changes his tune and says the opposite.
Update IV: More McCain buffonery (h/t Brad deLong):
Chief McCain strategist Steve Schmidt said yesterday on Meet the Press, "What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this." And this morning, McCain backer Mitt Romney told NBC that "this bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain....this is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain."
Yeah, watch John McCain fail.
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