Three pieces of evidence. They could have done this
differently

Earlier
Redstate’s Pejman Yousefzadeh
argued that Nancy Pelosi misread
her caucus. I have an alternative hypothesis: she wanted the bill
to fail. I have three pieces of evidence. First, yesterday, Rep.
Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the House Majority Whip
told the Politico
that he was not whipping the vote and was not
asked to whip the vote:

Asked about Monday’s vote on the bailout bill, House
Majority Whip Jim Clyburn tells reporters: “We haven’t started
whipping.” Asked if he’s going to start whipping, Clyburn says:
“The speaker hasn’t told me yet. I do what I’m told.”

Second, as
Pejman noted previously
, Rep. Peter deFazio (D-OR) told NPR
that he was never whipped on the question. Listen:

Third, look at the actual procedure on this. From the clerk’s
floor summary:

2:07 P.M. –
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without
objection.

On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment to the
House amendment to the Senate amendment Failed by recorded vote:
205 – 228
(Roll No. 674)
.

Note the “motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to
without objection.” If the Democrats had wanted this to pass, they
would not have said that. The procedural guts of this is that any
vote in the House can be “reconsidered” by a motion to reconsider
that is in order from a member of the prevailing side for two
legislative days. By tabling this, that option is off the
table.

The simplest option for Pelosi would have been to wait an hour,
watch the markets collapse for a while, scare 12 Democrats and hold
a revote. Surely some Republicans would have participated in
this.

Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats had a way to win this vote
today. Either out of incompetence or strategy, they walked away
from that opportunity.

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