House GOP leaders Boehner, Blunt and Cantor just spoke to reporters about the failure of the bailout bill. Blunt said that at least a dozen Republican members who had been for the bill turned their backs on it after Pelosi delivered a very partisan speech on the floor of the House.
In her speech, Pelosi blamed the nation’s financial problems on “failed Bush economic policies” and “some in the Republican Party” (a barb aimed at congressional Republicans) who created economic “chaos”.
She has also blamed Republicans in her recent remarks, implying that they were late in coming “to the table” and actually characterized their actions during the crisis as “unpatriotic”.
Way to poison the stew, Madam Speaker…