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Paul Kanjorski (D, PA-11): “I don't know that we included them in enough"

Interesting message difference:

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) on Friday suggested Democratic leaders did not solicit enough input from House Republicans on the financial rescue package.

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Asked whether House GOP lawmakers are right to believe they were slighted, Kanjorski replied, “I don’t know that we included them in enough, and that’s always a dangerous thing in politics. Remember, you’re dealing with egomaniacs. We’re all egomaniacs down here.”

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Kanjorski said, “Now, what we have to do is open that door for the House Republicans, bring them on in and say, ‘Guys, you know, we can’t cast your idea aside.’ Let’s listen to it … I think we have to allow them to talk their idea out. We have to be willing to listen.”

(Via Hot Air)

The article notes that Barney Frank doesn’t agree with Kanjorski: it also notes that Kanjorski is in the middle of a tough re-election fight (regrettably, Frank is not). That should be kept in mind: if this was a popular measure they’d be climbing all over each other to sign off on it. Also bear in mind that when it does pass it’s not just going to be our side that’ll be screaming, which is at least something to look forward to.