The McCain campaign has been whining that McCain returned to Washington on the invitation of Harry Reid, who, they claim, then took the opportunity to lambast McCain for interfering in the negotiations.
Well, Harry set them straight today:
"It's time for House Republicans to come to the negotiating table and for presidential politics to leave the negotiating table," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said this morning. "I asked for (Sen. McCain) to take a stand on the issue. But all he has done is stand in front of the cameras. We still don't know where he stands on the issue."
The whole issue of partisanship has now clouded the bailout negotiations. Nancy Pelosi has refused to put a bill on the table that doesn't have at least 100 Republican votes in its favor. This would mean a truly bipartisan bill that should not have extensive backlash at the polls in November. Republicans, however, are calling on Pelosi to put the bill on the table even without Republican support.