Stephanopolous on strategic behavior, partisan behavior, and voter behavior
[T]he bigger sell to Congress to do something may be the consequences of not acting. More bad news through the end of the week that might do it.
Jeebus, Georgie! Are you asking to be shocked? "It sure would be a shame if some bad news were to happen to your portfolio..."
Next, the party behavior; check out the option Stephanopolous rates as most unlikely:
one other unlikely option talked about on Capitol Hill is to try to pass the bill almost entirely with the Democratic majority in the House. That would require adding a major stimulus package favored by Democrats, infrastructure spending, unemployment insurance spending, and heating and food stamp assistance for low-income Americans.
Democrats acting like Democrats? Why... That would be partisan! And... And... Maybe Broderella would call us populists!
And finally, the voters's behavior:
There was a Republican president, a Democratic Speaker of the House, a Democratic majority leader, the entire Republican and Democratic leadership from both sides of Congress and both presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain arguing for this package.
But a peek at the upcoming congressional races of the people who voted against this package provides some insight.
We calculate there are about 31 competitive House races divided between Democratic and Republican House members, and 24 of the 31 members in competitive districts voted against this package.
No one wants to vote for this.
Well, slap my ass and call me spanky! The voters have spoken -- and the House even listened! Shouldn't that be Georgie's focus instead of "the meetings on Capitol Hill" that he leads with?
NOTE In the same way that 18 million voters didn't buy the WWTSBQ drumbeat of our famously free press, so the House reps who were up for election decided that they'd rather face the wrath of Bush + Reid + Pelosi + Obama + McCain than vote for the bill. Wall Street isn't the only instiution that's have a crisis in confidence.