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President Bush, Obama, McCain, Leaders All In White House: What Happened?

September 27, 2008

By Marc Ambinder
The Atlantic

Though Sen. Chris Dodd implied that Sen. McCain sandbagged the rest of the negotiators by bringing up alternative proposals, McCain himself did not bring up those proposals, according to four independent sources briefed by four different principals inside the meeting, including two Republicans and two Democrats.

“McCain has not attacked the Paulson deal,” said a third Republican who was briefed by McCain direclty. “Unlike the [Democrats] in the [White House] meeting, he didn’t raise his voice or cause a ruckus. He is urging all sides to come together.

U.S. President George W. Bush (C) meets with Bicameral and Bipartisan ...
U.S. President George W. Bush (C) meets with Bicameral and Bipartisan Members of Congress to discuss a Wall Street bailout plan in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, September 25, 2008. Bush is joined by (L-R) Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Minority House leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).REUTERS/Jim Young

Republicans like John Boehner brought up the concerns of House GOPers and McCain acknowledged hearing about their concerns.  And McCain, and staffers, did seek to gauge the level of support of the GOP working group’s white paper. The Democrats were left with the impression that McCain endorsed the GOP efforts, but they concede that he did not raise them directly.

The fact is that Boehner doesn’t have 100 votes from his conference — 100 votes that Nancy Pelosi really wants. And that’s not McCain’s fault.


But Boehner and the White House — and McCain — if they want to get something passed — do have the responsibility to persuade these Republicans to support the bailout .

After all, if not to get these recalcitrant Republicans on board, why did McCain go to Washington in the first place?