Look at the Numbers

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September 29, 2008 4:04 p.m.

There’s a lot of talk out there from commentators who you’d think would know better claiming that this was basically a bipartisan failure — that both parties, Republicans and Democrats, failed to carry their members for this bill.

But look at the numbers. 60% of Democrats in the House voted for this bill. 33% of Republicans. Face it, that’s not even close.

Both parties wanted to force as few members to vote for this as possible. It’s really unpopular. It’s perfectly legitimate (though in the absence of any credible alternative, pretty iffy) to argue that the Republicans did the right thing by killing the bill. But there’s simply no question of why and how this bill failed.

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