Here's an excellent reason to take a pass on McCain and Palin; at least, on McCain.
CNN reports this afternoon that "...John McCain's campaign accused Obama and Democrats of putting 'politics ahead of country'." The remark follows the vote by the House of Representatives to deep-six the government's $700,000,000,000 (that's 11 zeroes!) bail-out.
The reason they voted it down is that it is a lousy bill. Yes, rescue is needed. And, if they keep working together toward a good bill, they'll get one that will pass.
The 228 who voted against it are not putting politics ahead of the country. They are putting the country ahead of politics. And that's just the way it is.
Let's look up the votes of our local Representatives Bean and Manzullo. How did they vote? Everybody in the country must be trying to get onto http://www.house.gov/ because the site won't open. Or did they all clear out of town and take the keys with them?
Thanks to the Washington Post:
No: 133 Republicans, 95 Democrats = 228 Against
Yes: 140 Democrats, 65 Republicans = 205 For (corrected 9:20PM)
One (1) Congressman not voting
9 Representatives voted Yes
9 Representatives voted No
And Illinois' own Rep. Jerry Weller was the sole Congressman not voting.
Once I was asked if I had trouble making decisions. I said, "Yes and No." Was that Jerry's problem today?