Silver Sausage for Legislative Accomplishment
You expect nothing to get done in an election year, but Mitch McConnell and Tom Coburn made an art of it, blocking legislation so adroitly that a bill to circumvent the latter was called the Tomnibus. Bob Corker, meanwhile, made high principle out of venality, throwing a wrench into the auto bailout that had nothing to do with the foreign non-union manufacturers in his state. But it took somebody from the Executive Branch to show the amateurs how it’s done, as Hank Paulson rolled a seven and eight zeros, no strings attached.
And the winner is…
Hank Paulson. $700 billion in a matter of days. It took Bush a whole year to get a blank check for the Iraq War.
Next hour: Silver Tongue for Excellence in Pandering