Watching the events of today unfold on the television screen was one of those opportunities to see events as they actually occur as well as partake of the commentary and spin about those events.
My jaw dropped when the renegade Republicans under John Boehner gave their spiel in the halls of Congress about how it was NANCY PELOSI'S fault that the bailout bill failed. My feeling after hearing their "hyper-partisan" speech was that as a Democrat I would earnestly strive to accomplish exactly the OPPOSITE of whatever those gentlemen wanted. Their behavior struck me as barely adult.
But there was no way I could have put it as well as Barney Frank did. When the Democrats finally came out to address the press, it was not standing in a hallway, but at a podium replete with US flags. There was no mention of the rebel Republicans until the question period. Asked about them, Rep. Barney Frank's reply reflected his scorn: "Because somebody hurt their feelings, they decided to punish the country."
Whether you are for or against the bailout, the partisan politics and grandstanding today was nauseating. I would have to agree with the statement put out by Obama rep Bill Burton:
"This is a moment of national crisis, and today's inaction in Congress as well as the angry and hyper-partisan statement released by the McCain campaign are exactly why the American people are disgusted with Washington."
Funny how the majority of House Republicans wasn't willing to take a risk for either George Bush or John McCain.