Although the federal government’s need to Do Something eventually won out, there was a diverse anti-bailout coalition in the making. I was listening to a black radio station while riding in a cab earlier today. The callers were overwhelmingly opposed to the bailout and more than one singled out the House Republicans for praise. One fellow thanked the House GOP for “finally standing up and saying ‘enough is enough.'” Of course, that is before enough of them caved to give us too much of nothing.
UPDATE: Dave Weigel points out that members of the Congressional Black Caucus amounted to a third of the Democratic switchover in favor of the bailout package.