Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Victoria McGrane writes:
Congress is poised to vote on the biggest government intervention in the financial markets since the Great Depression, but it’s unlikely that any of the three senators vying for the White House will be there – even though all three have talked of little else for over a week.

Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.) has no plans to return to Washington this week, even though on Monday he expressed discomfort with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s trillion-dollar bailout plan and has offered his own rescue proposal.

“Sen. McCain is monitoring the situation closely,” said campaign co-manager Steve Schmidt on a conference call Monday. “We will see how this unfolds this week.”

McCain “retains his rights to evaluate it as it goes along and make a final decision,” said co-manager Rick Davis.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) also looks like a no-show.

Senior Obama strategist Robert Gibbs said the campaign would be monitoring the process as it unfolds this week, but as of Monday, the campaign would not commit to Obama making the trip back to Washington – even though the bailout proposal has taken a central role in Obama’s stump speeches.

“It’s safe to say people will know where we are,” Gibbs said.

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), Obama’s vice presidential running mate, is also “monitoring” the bailout situation, said spokesman David Wade, calling the rescue legislation “a critical issue.”
To which Russ Roberts responds:
If they're not going to fulfill their obligations, they should resign from office and refuse to accept their pay.
Indeed. If these men show this lack of dedication in their job as Senators, what can we expect from them if they become President?

1 comment:

thinking said...

In fairness to the Senators, it should also be noted that since being so hastily chosen to be the GOP Veep nominee, Gov Palin has been AWOL in her duties as Gov of Alaska.

What's really sad is that even before being chosen by McCain, Gov Palin was known as the absentee governor, as she literally spent more days working from home than in the capitol.

We know this because she actually charged the Alaskan taxpayers a per diem travel allowance for working at home, and the number of days she claimed was staggeringly high.