CHRIS MATTHEWS: Two-thirds of the Republicans voted against the measure that [McCain] said was essential. He said let's do it, they said, no, we're not going to do it. I think that's the hard thing for him to explain. You'll notice that Barack Obama just a moment ago made clear he wants this bill to pass: his party voted for it overwhelmingly.
Matthews is entitled to his opinion but not to his facts. 40% "no" votes is anything but "overwhelming" Dem support. To the contrary, it's stunning evidence of how unpopular this plan was even in many Dem districts.
Update: Appearing during MSNBC's 3 PM hour, NBC News political director Chuck Todd offered a much more fair-'n-balanced take. He pointed out that virtually every member in a tough re-election race, on both sides of the aisle, voted against the bill. He added that there was a lack of leadership on both sides, describing Nancy Pelosi and GOP leader John Boehner as being unable to deliver the necessary votes. Concluded Todd: "this was a bi-partisan killing of this thing." Even Norah O'Donnell pointed out that nearly 100 Dems voted against the bill. Matthews is left looking like a hard-core member of MSNBC's Olbermann wing.