Because it’s really not a question of whether it will affect the vote, but whether it’s negative or positive–and by how much.
As you all know, Senate candidate Mark Udall cast a dramatic vote yesterday against the proposed $700 billion bailout by the federal government of the teetering financial services industry, saying he “cannot ignore that many of the people sounding the alarm are the same ones who recently said things were under control, that risk was being nearly managed out of the system, and that stronger government oversight was unnecessary and counterproductive.”
The situation is so fluid and emotional right now that it’s tough to know whether Udall’s decision will ultimately go down as right or wrong (we know you all have very specific opinions on the matter), but he wasn’t alone on the Democratic side in opposing the bill by a longshot. And many rank-and-file Democrats are irate about the sacrifice of important components they had sought–in particular the granting to bankruptcy judges the power to rewrite some mortgages in foreclosure. Conservative opponents of Udall, for their part, can’t really complain about his vote either. And there is a chance that the new bill will represent improvements that Udall can then take credit for.
Poll follows: what does the crisis mean for Udall, five short weeks from destiny?