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Pelosi’s Politics of Successful Failure

By on 9.30.08 | 11:02AM

If you haven't yet read today's Prowler column about how Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel manipulated the defeat of the bailout bill, please do so. This rather confirms my own hunch:

It was as if the whole point of Monday's vote was to embarrass John McCain. The GOP nominee having identified himself so strongly with the bailout, a defeat for the bailout was a defeat for McCain, and the Democrats saw a chance to make him look like an idiot.
Bailout supporter Megan McArdle attributes the failure to incompetence, rather than malice. While I have no problem conceiving of Pelosi as incompetent, where Rahm Emanuel's involved, malice seems a more likely explanation.
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