A very interesting piece from Salon that shows pretty clearly that it was not Dodd (who I detest but who should not be unfairly blamed for what he did not do) who put the AIG previous bonuses off limits but the White House itself, that demanded them!
Imagine that, our president with his faux outrage, while it was his minions that put it in the bill in the first place!
The only point here is that what the White House and many journalists are claiming simply did not happen. They're just inventing a false history in order to blame the politically hapless Dodd for what Geithner and Summers did. And they're being aided by a right-wing noise machine that knows Dodd is vulnerable and which views the opportunity to blame the AIG bonuses on him, probably accurately, as a final nail in his political coffin (Media Matters today details today the right-wing falsehoods in the attacks on Dodd by documenting that the claims against Dodd are inaccurate, but they don't say who was actually responsible for the exemption). The next reporter who writes a word about this or listens to anonymous White House officials blame Dodd for these provisions might want to spend a moment reading Jane's post and looking at the evidence showing what actually happened, rather than mindlessly writing down what Rahm Emanuel these anonymous White House officials are whispering in their ears.
This just gets better every day!
That is some amazing stones those guys have!