Conservative Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, a no vote on the Bush bailout package, appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews today and said, amongst other things, that the “mismanagement of the Fed and the Treasury had gone on for “months and years”. He also urged Treasury Secretary Paulson to stop acting like a “day trader” at Goldman Sachs and begin acting like a traditional banker. If the Republican House leadership had indeed made a deal to contribute “half of their caucus” to this package they must have forgot to tell members like Issa. And Issa did not sound like a man who had been influenced by some harsh partisan rhetoric by Speaker Pelosi into voting against the package. Sounded to me like he was going to vote against it even if the Speaker blew kisses to the Republican side of the aisle.
It is a strange event unfolding, with the Republican President and the Republican nominee for President supporting this package, and the House Republicans repudiating both. Issa avoided direct criticism of McCain, instead praising McCain for saying that SEC Chairman Chris Cox should be fired. Cox is a former Republican member of the House of Representatives.