More details on bailout vote

Democratic defections doomed it, with frosh and conservative Dems voting no.


Thomas Schaller
September 29, 2008 10:40PM (UTC)

OK, some updates on the bailout bill failure:

  • The final vote is now, with but a handful of switches, 228 no, 205 yes.
  • Pelosi and Hoyer had serious defections: 95 Democrats voted no, whereas only 65 Republicans defected from their party's majority to vote aye. Clearly, the Democrats wouldn't need a single one of those Republicans if they had party unity.
  • Looks like a lot of frosh Democrats (Altmire, Pa.; Boyda, Kan.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Edwards, Md.) voted no.
  • Also hard not to notice these two names back-to-back: Tom and Mark Udall, both voting no and both seeking Senate victories in five weeks.
  • Update: Also many CHC or CBC Democrats voting against, including the Sanchez sisters and John Salazar, and African-American Dems like Clay, Cummings, Jackson-Lee, among others. Other newbies voting against are Hodes and Shea-Porter, N.H.; Shuler, N.C.; and Yarmuth, Ky. I'm sure I am missing others, and other trends, but just scanning as quickly as possible.

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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