Blarney: Well, the Senate is acting where the House flopped.
Dave: You mean because they passed a bailout bill?
Blarney: Exactly. Now if only those stubborn Republicans in the House will get on board.
Dave: Blarney, can I ask you a few questions?
Blarney: I suppose so.
Dave: Does this bill have anything to do with money?
Blarney: It has everything to do with money.
Dave: Does it have anything to do with raising revenues?
Blarney: Well, it does address taxes.
Dave: According to the Constitution, where do bills about revenue originate?
Blarney: Well, everyone knows that: the House of Representatives.
Dave: So, you don’t have a problem with Senate originating this bill?
Blarney: Oh, but it originated in the House.
Dave: But the House killed it.
Blarney: No, they didn’t. They suspended the vote before it was final. That allows the Senate to modify it.
Dave: That seems a little sneaky, doesn’t it? By the way, how many votes would it take to pass the bill in the House?
Blarney: Everybody knows that, too. With 434 or 435 members, it takes 218 votes to be a majority.
Dave: How many “No” votes were there in the House?
Blarney: Er, ah, 228.
Dave: Sounds to me that it failed.
Blarney: No, no, the vote was suspended. That was to give the Republicans time to change their minds.
Dave: How many Democrats are in the House?
Blarney: Uh, I don’t know. Maybe a couple hundred?
Dave: Would you believe, 235? If the Democrats think this is such a great bill, they could pass it all by themselves.
Blarney: But that wouldn’t be fair.
Dave: So 95 Democrats voted against the bill just to be fair?
Blarney: well, …