Congressional leaders wondering why they couldn't muster the votes for the $700 billion financial-rescue plan could look to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home state for answers.
Nearly half of California's congressional delegation -- 24 of 53 members -- voted against the bailout plan backed by congressional leaders and President George W. Bush. "No" votes came from an unlikely mix of left-leaning Democrats and conservative Republicans. The Democrats, in particular, wanted more relief in the bill for mortgage borrowers. Republicans wanted the banks to get less taxpayer money.