Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Please note

I'd like to post a little corrective to a myth I've seen propogating in comment threads:

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama voted for the bankruptcy bill.

John McCain did vote for it.

The Republican Congress originally passed a version of the bill during President Bill's adminstration, and he vetoed it because his wife convinced him it was a terrible bill. She has always steadfastly opposed it.

When it came to the Senate this time, Senator Clinton voted in favor of every single attempt to amend it to make it less odious. However, her husband was having heart surgery on the day of the actual floor vote on the bill itself, and she was with him in the hospital; her office did issue a statement of opposition to the bill. (Her vote would have made no difference.) Barack Obama voted against the bill.

Not Atrios