Excuse me while I get all up in FiveThirtyEight.com's lap again today, but the poll nerds are looking at the polls, as they are inclined to do, and floating the theory that congressmen from close swing districts doomed the bailout.
Well whadaya know? Miami's trio of Republican, hyphenated named congresspeople all voted against it, and all are facing stiff competition this season. Of course, that competition didn't offer much difference. Democratic challengers Annette Taddeo and Raul Martinez have both expressed qualms with the bailout.
For his part, Joe Garcia just (as in right now) released an email attacking his opponent Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart for voting against it:
“We need leaders in Congress, not inept followers like Mario Diaz-Balart,” said Andy Diaz, spokesman for Joe Garcia. "Diaz-Balart stuck to his record of partisan bickering and inaction today."
“If Diaz-Balart had disagreements with the bill, he should have been at the forefront of the fight for a better plan. Instead, he sat on the sidelines and waited for instructions from his party’s leaders.”
Basically the thing is caught up in election season bickering. Politician's whose electoral futures aren't certain are afraid to take a definitive stand. Meanwhile the Dow falls 777 points after the bill fails (at least it wasn't 666), the worth of my beanie baby collection has plummeted, and the people who opposed it can't seem to come together on an alternate, better plan. Apparently they were just sitting idly by while this one formed, before deciding they didn't like it. The Wall Street fire continues to burn, and everyone's busy punching holes in the water bucket instead of getting a better one.
My head hurts and I am done with this today.