There are two things you don't want to watch being made, law and sausage. The senate bailout included:
Revisions to the AMT
Corporate tax cuts
Clean energy tax cuts
Earmarks, like something about wooden arrows for use by children
Why exactly didn't either candidate make a stand against a bill loaded with pork? For one, it's because most of the provisions amount to logrolling and earmarks designed to buy votes from his own party in the house. For the other, he needs to keep his post-partisan get-things-done image of civility and compromise. I'll let readers sort out which candidate did which.