As ThinkProgress noted today, several House conservatives have retracted their talking point attributing their opposition to the bailout on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “partisan” speech yesterday. Interviewed on the Dennis Miller radio show today, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) admitted that it was a “terrible mistake” to blame Pelosi’s speech:
McCOTTER: I think it was a mistake for House leadership to say that Pelosi’s speech mattered to anybody on our side.MILLER: Yeah, me too, me too.
McCOTTER: Because we yell at each other like this all the time. And so, what they’ve actually done is a victory for the American people, a victory for the institution of Congress, and a victory for Republicans and Democrats who voted against it. It’s being counter-messaged by their own leadership, who didn’t get it through. That is a terrible mistake and it’s hopefully not going to impact our ability to get this done more quickly than we, as quickly as we need to.