"We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House," House Minority Leader John Boehner said. Pelosi's words, the Ohio Republican said, "poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south."
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the whip, estimated that Pelosi's speech changed the minds of a dozen Republicans who might otherwise have supported the plan.
First you can read Pelosi's remarks for yourself and judge if it was so scathing that it could have poisoned the Republican conference, and is worth risking the entire US economy.
During the largest financial crisis in this country's history since the Great Depression, the House GOP has decided to characterize itself as a caucus of cry babies who will not support this country if someone hurts their feelings. Talk about irresponsible cry babies.
Barney Frank has an offer for them:
"Give me those twelve people's names, and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them, and tell them what wonderful people they are, and maybe they'll think about the country."
Here's video of the Republicans whining about Pelosi, and of Frank telling them to grow up:
Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly Political Animal has the best slogan for the Republicans to describe there stand:
"Vote Republican -- We're More Concerned With Our Feelings Than Your Future."
Don't be fooled people, what we saw today in Congress was a complete failure of the Republican Party leadership, and it was a failure of historic proportions. When needed, the Democratic leadership was able to deliver the votes on an unpopular rescue plan, while Republicans voted, 2-to-1, against it, and they voted against for purely political reasons. This had noting to do with Pelosi's harmless speech, but a last gasp of a Party trying to stave-off a blood bath in the congressional elections in November.