September 30, 2008

I'm watching my teevee now, but both Obama and McCain voted for it.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a $700 billion plan to stabilize U.S. financial markets, in a dramatic game of one-upmanship that sends the issue back into the lower chamber, where it narrowly failed on Monday.

The bill had no trouble exceeding the 60-vote threshold needed for passage after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hammered out an agreement late Tuesday. Mindful of Monday's 777-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the two Senate leaders had worked unusually closely and quickly to cobble together a compromise in consultations with House leaders and the White House.

Reid and Mitch are speaking now...Dodd got major props...And then there's this.

So Obama crossed over into enemy territory.

He walked over to where McCain was chatting with Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. And he stretched out his arm and offered his hand to McCain.

McCain shook it, but with a "go away" look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama. Finally, with a tight smile, McCain managed a greeting: "Good to see you."

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