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Dodd, specifically, according to Democrat Banking Committee staffers, was seeking which financial institutions stood to gain the most from the plan hatched by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.
“If this is nothing more than a play that helps Goldman Sachs, it’s not going to go over well with Dodd,” says a Banking Committee staffer. “Look, it’s in our interest to be responsible and keep our financial sector shored up, but politically, we know we’re not the ones who are going to take the hit if things get bogged down here in the Senate. We know this can be a wedge issue for us politically if we allow it to be.”
That attitude was reflected in the lukewarm-to-neutral statements put out late Friday by Democrat leaders in the House and the Senate. Both Dodd and Frank have been taking political hits for what is perceived by many to be their overly cozy relationship with some of the bad players in this economic collapse, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Countrywide Financial, among others.
And Frank’s and Dodd’s reticence to come out front late last week was reflective of their uncertainty of how to approach working with the Administration. “They were talking to a lot of people they have been dealing with over the past couple of years,” says another Senate Banking aide. “They weren’t just asking us, they were talking to the people who have been politically and financially supporting them.”p> IN THE CROSSHAIRS br> The Obama campaign intends to put Sen. John McCain ‘s campaign manager, Rick Davis , in the political crosshairs over the next weeks or so, with TV and radio advertising targeting the longtime McCain adviser. /p>
“It’s all about painting him as one of the root causes of the oil and economic crisis in this country,” says an Obama media adviser. “This is a guy who was on the housing payroll and the oil payroll, and he was doing it while advising that presidential campaign.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?