We let Democrats off the hook too easily today in our editorial on the U.S. House of Representatives’ rejection of an economic rescue plan yesterday. A majority of House Republicans did vote against the plan – but so did 40 percent of House Democrats. The failure to address the financial crisis was thoroughly bipartisan.
Some of the lawmakers were voting their conscience, but many have simply been spooked by their constituents’ anger about the plan. It could turn out to be a national tragedy that this decision is being made so close to the election. And a shame that so many politicians – right on up to Nancy Pelosi – are still exploiting the crisis to score partisan points.
There are times when elected representatives just have to buck public sentiment – and risk losing their seats – to do what’s best for the country. Let’s hope we see a few more profiles in courage when the bill comes up again later this week.