Say what you will about the current economic crisis, but peoples’ interest in understanding exactly why financial institutions are crumbling is giving lesser-known political figures their brief moments in the spotlight, which in turn has resulted in many, many C-SPAN clips garnering view rates on par with adorable cat videos. For one thing, after a long and depressing year, supporters of Rep. Ron Paul have been enjoying the rare opportunity to gloat — because it turns out that their man called the economic collapse a year ago.
And now that he can say, “I told you so,” the web has been dense with Paul’s criticism of the government’s handling of this crisis, as seen in this clip of him talking back to Chairman Bernanke. Give credit where credit is due (no pun intended), the congressman knows his stuff, and isn’t afraid to to go against his party on the subject.
And then there’s feisty Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, whose dynamic speech against the bailout frames the political machinations at work as a highly complex game show where no one wins.
As we approach the final weeks of the campaign, it’ll be Obama and McCain, all the time. But in the interim, it’s been nice to hear some different voices on this subject.