"We've had our first death threat and in one phone call I was called both a communist and a fascist," said one shell-shocked aide to another Democrat who eventually voted no.
That caller wasn't far off. Few people realize the Fascists were really extreme left-wingers.
And the bailout is socialism, or communism. (call it worse if you like, but call it like it is).
Bailout marks Karl Marx's comeback.
In his Communist Manifesto, published in 1848, Karl Marx proposed 10 measures to be implemented after the proletariat takes power, with the aim of centralizing all instruments of production in the hands of the state. Proposal Number Five was to bring about the “centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.”
Far from castigating the 228, they should be getting a ticker tape parade.
They are heroes. A fact somehow clearer in Britain than it is here.
It was a humiliating defeat, even for a lame duck president – and its unexpectedness revealed a political class in Washington dangerously out of touch with the American heartland.
But House members, who have to be re-elected every two years, pride themselves on representing the views of their constituents. On this occasion, they did just that.
What the votes of Mr Miller and his ilk will do to the global economy will be hotly debated for months and perhaps years to come.
But many Americans – from coast to coast and border to border in places as nice as Niceville and in other places not so nice – feel that, for once, their Congress has listened to them and done the right thing.