Johnson: Don’t give money to ACORN! Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson bought loans from them. People will be hurt. Rs should hold line otherwise they will be scapegoats.
Batchelor: Bailout is not a done deal. Only the leadership thinks it has a deal, the membership is not going along.
Batchelor: Time’s “The Page” quotes Reid: This has been a bi-partisan approach. Now we have to get the votes.
Johnson: The D’s can pass the bill if they insist, they have a majority. The R’s aren’t ready to jump off the bridge.
Batchelor: Margaret, don’t they understand they won’t get reelected if they vote for the bill?
Hoover: They know that. No the leadership won’t be thrown out for anything. Even the initial lie about the “deal” that wasn’t will be ignored in the flurry of finger pointing. People will vote for someone. There has to be a bill, though.
Batchelor: How can that be? Who will vote for this?
Hoover: Republicans are holding the line and they have to make the bill more reasonable.
Unger: Some kind of bill has to pass. Hard to predict when, might be a few more days. But what if no bill passes?
Batchelor: Anyone who votes NO has a huge advantage.
Johnson: Rs have explosive information about the reform that never happened. Accountability was never applied, though. Rs have to hold to principles.
Unger: It’s a bi-partisan scandal [really?].
Batchelor: The leadership has to make the bill palatable.
Hoover: Right. If no one votes yes, they are all thrown out. [I doubt that.]