What he is saying is that one or more members of the House (Whips probably) told him that they had been told by other members of the House that there would be various bad and catastrophic results if there was a second failure to pass the Paulson bailout law.
He does not say that the Executuve Branch threatened anything like that. His statement has nothing to do with anything that Northcom is doing.
He is basically talking about the kind of feckless nonsense the Congressmen say to eash other when trying to line up members for a vote.
Naomi Wolf? A flake if ever there was one. Her piece, linked to below, is a tissue of fantasy.
What is the matter with you people???? pl