If the new President brings closure to current wars and staves off economic collapse, it quite possibly will once and for all bury the neocon legacy deep in the dustbin of history.
This proposal will not only give consumers more protection in this uncertain environment, but it could help garner more votes from my colleagues.
Make no mistake: when the aftermath of Congressional inaction becomes clear, Americans will not tolerate those who stood by and let the calamity happen.
It was McCain's failure to even keep his finger on the pulse of his own party's caucus, showing himself to be utterly clueless as to where his House members stood, as late as Monday morning.
The main cause of the economy's weakness is not insolvent banks and lack of credit -- it's the loss of $4-$5 trillion in housing equity as a result of the bubble's partial deflation.
Today's outcome should be a lesson to the Democratic leadership. The Republicans were able to make them look bad -- they let the Democrats take the lead in this bailout then pulled the rug out from under them.
Are we likely to be back in this position again if we send a $700 billion message that America is a country that bails out companies that take reckless risks?
Progressives should demand a real -- $200 billion or more -- stimulus that invests in new energy, extends unemployment benefits, aids states and localities to avoid debilitating cuts, and puts people to work.
This has shades of Newt Gingrich shutting down the government back back in the 90's because he felt snubbed by Bill Clinton.
With all the talk about the vetting (or apparent lack thereof) by the McCain campaign, it's no surprise staffers didn't vet the campaign's response to CNN's Palin questions. And playing the victim in the wake of the disastrous appearance has done the campaign no favors.