Congressman Peter DeFazio (D. Or.) said that Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership always assumed that the bailout bill would pass. As a result, they failed to lean hard enough on people like DeFazio and other House Democrats who were allowed to vote “no” as a matter of conscience.
Once again, Nancy Pelosi & Co. couldn’t count votes within their own caucus, failed to understand that getting votes from the Republican Caucus would be difficult enough under ordinary circumstances, completely misread the mood of the House and failed to pass the bailout bill. As the majority party, the Democrats bear the responsibility for this failure. If the Speaker’s gavel is too heavy for Nancy Pelosi, she should give it to someone else and if the House Democrats can’t lead in a time of crisis, they ought to step aside and let someone else do the work.