Sen. Chris Dodd to ABC News: "I want to help them if we can, but I'm not going to give anyone a blank check, so we're going to try and do something if we can next week. I don't think the votes are there. Candidly, I don't think we have the votes to get that done. With no big change between now and next Wednesday, I'm skeptical."
The Democrats will need help from Republicans to "get it done" even in January. Republicans are less likely to agree to the deal after the last $700 billion bailout. Could they actually have learned their lesson? Republicans have stated that if they bailout the auto industry it will just be a matter of time before the next industry lines up.
It is even more crucial that at least one of the three Senate seats currently up for grabs remains in the hands of the Republican party. Americans were angered by the last bailout and continue to watch their tax payer dollars being thrown at problems that aren't getting fixed.
We can hope that those so-called "blue-dog" Democrats can still hear their constituents screaming in their ears or we are going to have bigger problems in the near future than those we have today.