Forget my last post. If McCain is planning to vote for the Senate version of the Bailout/Rescue bill tonight as Michelle Malkin is reporting he is, he just lost my vote.
This is such a golden opportunity for him. If calls to the Capitol are any indication, the vast majority of the public is against this bill. His opponent is going to vote for it. Voting against it would not only be the right thing to do, but it would distinguish him in a very clear way from Obama and win a ton of votes at the same time.
After spending so much of last week’s debate railing against earmarks and saying that as President he’d veto any bill that came to him with them in it, how can he vote for this crap sandwich? Here’s a list of the earmarks in the current version (quoted from Malkin’s post):
- Film and Television Productions (Sec. 502)
- Wooden Arrows designed for use by children (Sec. 503)
- 6 page package of earmarks for litigants in the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident, Alaska (Sec. 504)
Tax earmark â€œextendersâ€ in the bailout bill.
- Virgin Island and Puerto Rican Rum (Section 308)
- American Samoa (Sec. 309)
- Mine Rescue Teams (Sec. 310)
- Mine Safety Equipment (Sec. 311)
- Domestic Production Activities in Puerto Rico (Sec. 312)
- Indian Tribes (Sec. 314, 315)
- Railroads (Sec. 316)
- Auto Racing Tracks (317)
- District of Columbia (Sec. 322)
- Wool Research (Sec. 325)
I’d never vote for BRCK BM; but if McCain votes for this bill, I’ll either be voting for Bob Barr or staying home on November 4.
Call your Senators and your regional McCain campaign headquarters and tell them to take a note from the House Republicans and grow a pair.