Sunday, September 28, 2008

We're Running This By Hand?

In the final hours of negotiations, Democratic lawmakers, including Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois and Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota, carried pages of the bill by hand, back and forth, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, where the Democrats were encamped, to Mr. Paulson and other Republicans in the offices of Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader.

At the same time, a series of phone calls was taking place, including conversations between Ms. Pelosi and President Bush; between Mr. Paulson and the two presidential candidates, Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama; and between the candidates and top lawmakers.
From Breakthrough Reached in Negotiations on Bailout, New York Times, Sept 28, 2008

Am I the only one who read that and thought these people needed a software / document control and revision system like CVS or Git, a set of encoded secure irc channels, and maybe a centralized comments system?