I’ve been in meetings all morning, and I left, returned to my car, and heard the news that the House voted down the bailout.
The mind reels.
I can try to pretend I understand the intricacies of this, but I don’t. I’m usually skeptical of government solutions, so my default position would be skepticism of the bailout. At the same time, it was government that caused the problem, so I’m not sure it’s a good thing that government is walking away from the mess now.
I listened to Rush Limbaugh as I drove, who’s giddy with delight, as he thinks this shows the Democrats’ hold on power is more tenuous than previously thought, and that this make Obama vulnerable, blah blah blah. I don’t know if he or any other hardcore partisans recognize how petty they sound. If our financial system collapses, who cares about anything else? Do we really have to see this through a nakedly partisan prism?
I don’t know what happens next, and neither does anybody else. All I know is that Washington continues to fail the people they’re supposed to serve, and that this is probably going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.
I don’t really have a rational reaction to this. All I know is that in my gut, I know this is not good.