Normally, I don't feel too sorry for members of Congress. They have gold-plated medical and retirement plans, and they get repaid for the cost of their commute, among other things.
This bailout, though, is when they really sweat their salary. They hear from screaming constituents that they should not spend taxpayer money to rescue greedy Wall Street capitalists. At the same time, they're afraid that if they do nothing, Main Street might tank from frozen credit.
Here's their real problem:
Today, they chose to weasel out and bow to the will of the people. But, come November, if the economy really DOES crash because Congress did nothing, how many constituents will remember that they sent an email to their representative telling them to vote "nay?"
About the same number as those who remember that they voted for President Bush four years ago. Like, maybe, five.