I do know that wallets--mine and many others'--took a big hit. And I'm sure McCain did as well. Respected conservatives say so, such as National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru:
[T]his vote is very bad for McCain. He was trying to get House Republicans on board, after all, and he failed. Blaming the Democrats for the failure will not and should not work, given the ratios on both sides.The electronic markets say so--McCain dropped 4.7 percent to 37 cents on Intrade. The trend already favored Obama (graph here). And the polls agree--the electoral map on RealClearPolitics now rates Nevada, Missouri, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina as toss-ups. McCain must win all seven states--to lose by three.
Again, I don't know how I would have voted. A majority of Americans actually may hate the bill. Many might reject House Speaker Pelosi's partisan finger-pointing, or understand that 40 percent of House Dems--including Obama's campaign co-chair, Jesse Jackson, Jr--said "nay." But I'm convinced they'll blame McCain regardless.
(via Best of the Web, Instapundit, Confederate Yankee)