Democrat Barney Franks Mocks Republicans on Bail Out Defeat … Pelosi Says, “We work together as a team in a bi-partisan way”
Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts mocked the GOP leadership (Video) for saying that it lost some votes because of a partisan floor speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Frank scoffs at Republican claims that Pelosi speech poisoned debate on bailout. Franks is the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Before Franks blames others and Republicans for the defeat of the bail out bill, maybe he would like to explain why so many members of his House Financial Services Committee voted against the bill ensuring its defeat. In the end 95 Democrats voted against the bail out package. Franks may soon look to his own party before throwing stones.
“I’ll make an offer,” he added. “Give me those 12 people’s names and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them and tell them what wonderful people they are and maybe they’ll now think about the country.”
Frank, one of the major architects of the bailout package, said he was “appalled” that members of Congress would put “hurt feelings” ahead of the good of the country.
“Frankly, that’s an accusation against my Republican colleagues I would never have thought of making,” Frank said.
“Here’s the story: There’s a terrible crisis affecting the American economy. We have come together on a bill to alleviate the crisis. And because somebody hurt their feelings they decide to punish the country. I mean, I would not have imputed that degree of pettiness and hypersensitivity….But think about this: Somebody hurt my feelings so I will punish the country. I mean, that’s hardly plausible. And there are 12 Republican members who were ready to stand up for the economic interests of America but not if anybody insulted them”.
“I think they are covering up the embarrassment of not having the votes,” Frank said increduously at a Democratic news conference.
NANCY PELOSI NOW CALLS FOR BIPATISANSHIP EFFORTS
Following the bail out defeat and Peolsi’s pre-vote bomb throwing Pelosi now calls for bipartisanship. Pelosi stated, “We extend a hand of cooperation to the White House to the Republicans so that we can get this issue resolved for the benefit of Americas working families to strengthen our economy and therefore strengthen out country. We work together as a team in a bi-partisan way.” REALLY? Now Pelosi wants bi-partisanship? That’s a far cry from her rantings and insults prior to the vote. What a states woman.