And they wanted to no part of any lame duck session.
I'm starting to wonder whether they may be in for both of those. October is a gimme at this point, as there is no way they can strike a deal today on a Wall Street bailout.
I would bet that lawmakers are watching college and pro football games in their offices and the cloakrooms this coming weekend, waiting on a deal to be worked out.
The lame duck session could become a reality as well, especially if the markets continue to tank and there's not much that works to rein in the declines.
We ask the $64,000 question at this point in the debate, which is always this: Which party does this help or hurt?
I still say the party in power in the White House gets the blame most of the time. We'll see if the GOP can hand off any of that voter angst to the Democrats this year.