As the auto bailout moves into the Senate, I have to think unemployment numbers like these ratchet up the pressure on lawmakers:

"Jobless Claims at 26-Year High"

Like many Republicans, I don't believe for a second that the taxpayers' billions will "save Detroit." I see this more as a way to provide a kinder, gentler, more gradual death for at least one of the Big 3. Still, I'm not sure I could vote against the bailout--no matter how unpopular--with so many more jobs on the line. It's a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't choice for many members. 

--Michelle Cottle