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The Magical, Mythical Deal That Wasn't

6:06 PM, Sep 26, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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The media is finally amending reporting from yesterday that claimed there was a deal on the bailout package yesterday, the evidence for which was that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd said there was a deal and the media believed them.

ABC's Jake Tapper, one of the good ones, says "Sen. John McCain's role in the current dealings on Capitol Hill should not be overstated positively or negatively."

Democrats are blaming McCain, R-Ariz., for the disastrous meeting yesterday.

They claim there was a deal until McCain showed up.

Not so.

House Republicans were always in large part opposed to the bill.

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., had no authority (or command) to negotiate for his House GOP colleagues.

Fox's Carl Cameron is reporting the same, backed up by Democratic sources.

I wonder if that information will wind its way to Jim Lehrer before he asks a question premised upon the early reports. Speaking of Lehrer, here are some of his greatest debate hits. "Sen. Kerry, what colossal misjudgments, in your opinion, has President Bush made in these areas?"

Will there be a deal by Sunday? Err, WEDNESDAY?