Sticks and stones make break some bones but words can scuttle an economic bail out and send the stock market tumbling. At least, according to House Minority Douchebag, John Boehner.
Democrats were lined up to deliver 120 votes. They delivered 140. Republicans, under the wise sheparding of John “Mighty Mouse” McCain, were responsible for the rest, about 100. They delivered 65.
Why? Because Representative Pelosi gave a speech that apparently drove them all away.
Republicans blamed Pelosi’s scathing speech near the close of the debate — which attacked Bush’s economic policies and a “right-wing ideology of anything goes, no supervision, no discipline, no regulation” of financial markets — for the vote’s failure.
“We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” Minority Leader John Boehner said. Pelosi’s words, the Ohio Republican said, “poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south.”
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the whip, estimated that Pelosi’s speech changed the minds of a dozen Republicans who might otherwise have supported the plan.
[Representative Barney] Frank said that was a remarkable accusation by Republicans against Republicans: “Because somebody hurt their feelings, they decided to punish the country.”
Who knew that (a) the Republicans had such tender feelings and (b) that Nancy Pelosi was so powerful?
Hell, she was even able to defeat Mighty Mouse. All she has to do is talk about why she’s supporting the bill and that’s enough to ruin this magnificent bipartisan coalition that he single-handedly built, all on his own, even with Barack Obama trying to stop him and the mainstream media being mean to his running mate.
I’m just sayin’…