POLITICAL observations & opinions

* McCain takes pounding from Dems and from some fellow Republicans

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 26, 2008

AP’s Charles Babbington writes today …

  • Sen. John McCain’s self-portrait as a bold leader willing to set politics aside to save an endangered financial bailout plan took a pounding Thursday from top Democrats and even some fellow Republicans.
  • Things didn’t go too well for McCain on Thursday (at meetings to achieve consensus on bailout plan)
  • Top Democrats in Congress ridiculed his role after a chaotic end to a White House summit meeting that McCain had requested, and which included Democratic nominee Barack Obama. McCain’s own campaign said the session “devolved into a contentious shouting match.”
    • “John McCain did nothing to help,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who attended the meeting. “He only hurt the process.”
  • Even the House’s Republican leader, John Boehner of Ohio, passed up a chance to praise McCain’s leadership powers shortly before the two met in the Capitol at midday Thursday.
    • Asked by reporters if McCain could help win House Republican votes for the proposed package, Boehner shrugged and said, “Who knows?”

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080926/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_s_gambit_14

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