There is a rumor, which you may have heard, that John McCain's famous return to Washington actually scuttled a deal last week, plunging us into the weekend's negotiations which resulted in . . . no deal.  The nastiest interpretation is that he wanted to position the Republicans as against the bailout so he could run on that "principle".  But the thing is unprovable, and so I haven't blogged it.

Now, however, I find it somewhat suggestive that the entire Arizona delegation voted no, whether their seats were safe or not.  But perhaps there is some more benign explanation.  Even the New York delegation--which overwhelmingly supported it--split a little.

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