From the Wall Street Journal’s Political Diary:
Of the 205 members who wound up voting for the bill, only seven — four Democrats and three Republicans — can be said to come from districts where they face a tough race. By contrast, of the 31 members retiring this year, all but five supported the package. Indeed, nearly a third of the 65 House Republicans who backed the bailout are leaving office in just a few weeks. They faced no political consequences from their votes.
A lot of political firepower will now be focused back home on the seven vulnerable members of either party who voted for the unpopular bailout. “I anticipate a flood of money accusing them of selling out their constituents to deliver early Christmas presents to bankers and fatcats,” one worried K Street lobbyist in Washington told me.
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The four Democrats who stuck their necks out yesterday are Jerry McNerney of California, Tim Mahoney of Florida, Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania and Jim Marshall of Georgia. Mr. Kanjorski is already in hot political water over earmarks that benefited his family. Mr. Marshall won election by only a single percentage point last year in a highly populist area. Both Mr. Mahoney and Mr. McNerney represent usually Republican seats captured in surprising upsets last year. All four have now put their political careers at risk.