Just now, in a televised press conference with Chris Dodd, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched into a tirade against John McCain. Some highlights:
"Senate Democrats, House Democrats, and Senate Republicans agree those principles laid out by Senator Obama are the ones that must be implanted with regards to the issue, what's called the 'principles of fairness.' … The insertion of presidential politics has not been helpful. It's been harmful … A few days ago I called on Senator McCain to take a stand, let us know where he stands on this issue … But all he has done is stand in front of the cameras. We still don't know where he stands on the issue. "
Dodd praised Senate Republicans for their bipartisan work over the past few days, and pledged that they would resolve the issue over the next day or two. He called last night's meeting, contrary to reports, "hardly contentious."