Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Senate banking committee, denounced the session as “a rescue plan for John McCain,” and proclaimed it a waste of precious hours that could have been spent negotiating.
But a top aide to Mr. Boehner said it was Democrats who had done the political posturing. The aide, Kevin Smith, said Republicans revolted, in part, because they were chafing at what they saw as an attempt by Democrats to jam through an agreement on the bailout early Thursday and deny Mr. McCain an opportunity to participate in the agreement.
Funny, but by trying to refute the Democrats' point, Mr. Smith confirmed it. If an agreement had effectively been reached, then what did it matter if John McCain was there to participate in it? Answer: It didn't, unless the whole thing was simply a set up to make it look like he had participated.