The chief executive officer of a large bank met with a Republican leader a few days after financial "modernization" legislation squeaked through the House in an irregular voting procedure. The Republican leader was asking for support for his political aspirations.

The banker, a Republican, responded bluntly. "After what the Republican leadership has done to the banks on the financial reform and credit union legislation," he said, "I can't imagine bankers supporting Republican candidates for some time to come."

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