"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Northwest on the bailout

So how did the Northwest U.S. House delegation break on this morning’s bailout vote? The vote was reasonably close by the way, with the bill losing 205-228.

state in favor opposed
Idaho Simpson (R) Sali (R)
Oregon Walden (R)

Hooley (D)

Wu (D)

Blumenauer (D)

DeFazio (D)

Washington Larsen (D)

Baird (D)

Dicks (D)

McDermott (D)

Smith (D)

Inslee (D)

Hastings (R)

McMorris Rodgers (R)

Reichert (R)

As in the Northwest, the vote split both parties deeply, though a majority of Democrats voted for and a majority of Republicans voted against.

But for anyone who follows the region’s delegation at all, the splits in the vote here are a little amazing. Bill Sali lines up with Jay Inslee; Jim McDermott lines up with Greg Walden. Strange bedfellows indeed.

Although it might be noted that the candidates in serious races this cycle – Reichert and Sali notably – voted in opposition. May say something about public attitudes.

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