No wonder Democrats are tripping over themselves to denounce the bonuses paid to AIG executives.Â They’rre trying to try to deflect attention from their votes to guarantee such bonuses (when they voted for the “stimulus” which included a provision doing just that).
Michael Barone sees their grandstanding as a “moment of panic for House Democrats” and presenting an opportunity for Republicans:
This was a moment of panic for House Democrats. Almost all of them, and not a single House Republican, had voted for the stimulus package which specifically authorized such bonus payments. A bill that no one was given the opportunity to actually read. You don’t have to be a political genius to see what peril that poses for just about every Democratic incumbent and the opportunity it presents for every Republican candidate.
The fact that Democrats rushed the passage of this multi-hundred billion dollar boondoggle is going to hurt them as much as the bill’s content.
What Ann Althouse said about Chris Dodd will soon apply to those Democrats who voted for the “stimulus.”Â The Connecticut Democrat contended he would have rejected a provision allowing for AIG bonuses had he “known at the time that there were any A.I.G. bonuses involved.”Â Senator, it’s your job to to know what’s involved in the legislation your vote for and propose.Â That’s what your constituents elect you to do.
And Althouse said Dodd’s was an “impossibly lame excuse. It’s his job to know. He holds a public trust. Which he doesn’t deserve.”
That applies to all those who voted for the “stimulus,” particularly those grandstanding about the AIG bonuses.Â And who knows what else they find cause to criticize when the public becomes aware of other provisions slipped into the “stimulus.”