Of all the saddest claims about the failed bailout is the Republicans saying that they had to do so because Nancy Pelosi delivered such a horrid, partisan speech.

I completely agree that Pelosi's speech was one of the saddest pieces of half-hearted garbage I have heard from any politician.  But I expect Republican legislators to pay more attention to the economic fate of the nation than to whether the speaker of the house is hurting their exquisitely delicate feelings.   As a friend notes, "I expect more maturity from my daughter and her fourth-grade classmates".

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