Online critics take aim at $700 billion financial bailout proposal

The online skepticism--or, in some cases, outright condemnation--seems to be mirrored on Capitol Hill.

"I don't think a single call to my office on this proposal has been positive," Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, said at the Senate hearing on Tuesday. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, suggested that Congress consider "some alternatives." Politico.com reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's attempts to persuade House Republicans to support the measure failed miserably--an intra-party revolt unusual during the Bush presidency.

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