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Scott Brown Votes Cloture On Jobs Bill

From The Hill:

Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to move jobs bill forward

By Jordan Fabian – 02/22/10

Newly-seated Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) on Monday joined Democrats in voting to move forward on their $15 billion jobs bill.

Brown crossed the aisle after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) nixed an $85 billion, bipartisan plan in favor of a more narrowly-focused bill.

“I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families," Brown said in a statement. "This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I voted for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work."

Democrats needed to poach Brown and and least one other Republican to reach the 60 votes necessary. Centrist Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) also voted for cloture on the proposal.

Reitiring [sic] GOP Sens. George Voinovich (Ohio) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) also voted for cloture.

Brown was elected to the Senate with the backing of conservatives largely because of his pledge to serve as the 41st vote to uphold a filibuster of the Democrats health reform bill.

But Brown has expressed a willingness to work with Democrats on other issues.

Yes, we had predicted as much.

But we had hoped it would take a little longer for Mr. Brown to succumb to Potomac Fever.

In any case, we are reminded once again to not put our faith in princes.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Scott Brown Votes Cloture On Jobs Bill”

  1. JohnMG says:

    This will sour a lot of people within the tea party movement and can only help the Dems who rely so heavily on the divide-and-conquer tactics to stay in power.

    Brown is really no surprise, as are not Collins and Snowe. Voinovich could have gone either way, and Bond–one of my Senators–is a real disappointment to me. The last really principled Senator from Missouri was John Ashcroft. Now, we in the Show-Me state are saddled with Claire McCaskill, and the very real prospect of Robin Carnahan replacing Bond.


  2. GetBackJack says:


    Politics as Usual.

    If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’ve been getting.

    (definition – RINOs and Dems, whatever the label is on our their political costume)

    • jobeth says:

      Exactly. This is why I don’t trust RHINOs or party cross overs.

      Having said that, Pro has a very real point below when he asked if we would rather have Brown or his opponent. Unfortunately he is the lesser of two evils.

      We have to begin working harder in the primaries to get only conservatives into the end race. Then we won’t have to make those ‘lesser than two evils” choices.

      Brown said,
      “…and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families”

      What good will more government jobs do for the people of MA? Or anywhere else for that matter?

      More government employees equals more taxes to support their generous lifetime packages. Less for the rest of us who are ‘sharing the wealth” of our hard earned money. And the more working poor we’ll have.
      But then that is the progressives end game anyway.

      Its the PRIVATE employer, Scott, who will pull us out of the pit we are in. THINK dammit! THINK!!!

  3. WTBFreedom says:

    Well that was faster than I had hoped for

  4. Mithrandir says:

    This is why I can’t bring myself to agree with Limbaugh that there is an actual difference between the two parties.

    No wonder Ron Paul won the CPAC poll. I can’t believe people don’t just scrap the whole Dem vs. Rep. thing and vote Constitutional Party. You are already donating money to these clowns and then throw your vote away at the same rate you always have.

    What have the Dem/Rep. proven? That they are horrible savers of your tax money, and they are even worse at spending it.

    Keep throwing your money and vote away fools! Muhuahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

    • jobeth says:

      “No wonder Ron Paul won the CPAC poll”

      Did you hear the boos when he was announced?

      IMHO Ron Paul got his people to stuff that straw ballot box.

      While he does have a lot of good ideas…he is also way out there in others. He really reminds me of Ross Perot. He shoots himself in the foot too often.

      He would be so divisive that I can’t see him getting anything done as a president.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Well, Jo … I’ve got 40 years under my belt as a legal of-age voter. I’ve paid attention to all the bumps, curves, scandals, betrayals, promises, ups and downs and so very very few victories for the Constitution.

      And that’s what matters. Victories FOR the Constitution. Not the ‘Party’. Legislative victories that strengthen the Constitution.

      That cannot be said of either Party. It simply cannot. I don’t need another 40 years to come to that conclusion.

      I cannot tell the difference between the ‘the parties’. For 3.5 of those decades I’ve been struggling to believe there is a difference, but there isn’t.

      Let me repeat that … there … is … no … difference.

      What we suffer is Right and Left Deployment. The hideous dialectic of thesis, antithesis, synthesis. I despair that so few can see it, recognize it and rail against it. Stating that at least Brown isn’t his opponent is like saying ‘Thank God at least my right foot is only gangrenous and isn’t actually dead, yet.”

      I realize our esteemed host is Republican, and it doesn’t please me to speak ill of his party in his house, but if we keep playing this Republican/Democrat game … there won’t be a Republic in what’s left of my lifetime.

    • jobeth says:

      Jack, You may not understand me. I am a registered Republican so that I can have some say in the primaries.

      I call myself a conservative Constitutionalists FIRST. And I agree that lately the two parties seem to have blended in to a blur.

      But as Pro has pointed out often. We mustn’t kill the Republican party just because we don’t like what they are doing at the moment.
      They have fallen VERY FAR lately from what they should be. We need to work to change them not to kill them.

      I got caught up in the Ross Perot thing and wasted my vote on him. I still like what he stood for. But in reality, my vote alone with a lot of others cost us the election. Clinton got in.

      You live and learn. I will not do that again. I do think some of Ron Paul’s ideas have merit. But I also think some are too far ‘out there’. But the most important thing is he will he will only serve to weaken the Republican Party in the end. Do we want to divide our party yet again?Do we want to hand it over AGAIN to the progressives by standing only on principle? We may be throwing the baby out with the bath water…AGAIN. Principle is what I live for. But I also am realist enough to know that if the progressives get in we have NO chance for principle.

      I for one don’t want that. I will work for what ever Republican I can that will stand with the constitution and is fiscally conservative. As I’ve said before…we need to work harder in the primaries to get conserv/constitution minded people in the final races.

      If I had my way I would put only strict constitutionalists in,…NOW. But I don’t and I know we have work to do that will take years to do.
      This didn’t happen overnight and it won’t be fixed overnight.

      I wish Ron Paul well, and I think he can help our country in many ways. I just don’t want to see him divide the party. And if he ever did get elected, he would find as much push back as we are seeing against O’Balmy. We need to get some things done. We don’t have time to mess around with third parties. But that’s just my humble opinion. And thanks for the discussion :-D

    • proreason says:

      “I cannot tell the difference between the ‘the parties’.”

      So you think that government spending would be the same now if McCain had won.
      You believe that the Republicans would have nationalized GM and the banks, and Student Loans.
      You believe McCain would now be fighting for the government to control health care if he had won.
      You think the KSM trial would be in NYC if Republicans were in control.
      You think the panty-bomber would have been read his rights by Bush, just like Obamy did.

      I don’t.

      But I certainly understand what I believe your point to be….that they are all corruptocrats….and you know that I think that as well.

      But buglars and murderers are both criminals, just like the Dims and Repubs; yet, if I had to pick one to be my neighbor, I would choose the burglar.

    • canary says:

      Ron Paul was doing well during primaries until he took money donations from the KKK, and wouldn’t even give it to charities. He should have burned it. Also, on his video page he said all street drugs should become legal. That heroin was less deadly than cigarettes. Still a lot of signs that people want to close the borders (both democrats & republicans) it’s just that we have people running for those illegal carrying ID voters.
      It’s always been vote for the lesser of two evils for me. And now it’s about saving this country or we are done. I felt things were too late after Clinton, as far as national security, but in one years time we have been demonized & spit on by Obama. I think Sarah Palin should keep speaking out, and someone like James Inhofe who is so experienced with the terrorists, and pro big military, also fought long to show global warming myth. Both have good morals. What’s important is to keep our elderly alive in order to vote and show us their wisdom for as long as possible, before Obama snuffs them from lack of medical & utilities.

    • BillK says:

      Sorry, I can’t take anyone seriously that ran as the Libertarian candidate in election after election.

      Ron Paul’s ideas are sometimes fun and even popular, but alas, he hasn’t been grounded in reality for a long, long time and quite frankly I’m amazed he gets reelected.

  5. canary says:

    A White House official pointed to programs under way in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania as possible models.

    The money will be divided by a formula based on the number of unemployed residents and the decline in home prices, which means California and the bigger states would likely get the lion’s share. Nevada is expected to receive at least $100 million.

  6. proreason says:

    It won’t be the last time.

    Would you rather have Mr. Brown, or the lady who would be living in Obamy’s spare bedroom?

    Those were the two choices.

  7. Crapgame13 says:

    So far, what’s the difference, other than crushed optimism? The man goes on a famewhoring publicity tour after winning an election and promptly goes back to what we didn’t want.

    Especially since his platform was “CURB SPENDING” and he promptly screws that platform

    • Petronius says:

      That was precisely my reaction. Another poser.

      Does Scott Brown think he is going to reduce the deficit by increased spending? Is he going to reduce the debt by creating more debt?

      Brown, the two Sisters of Charity, and the rest of these RINOs are all good reasons against the Republican Party.

      Another is the Republican tendency to self-inflicted wounds. And especially the Party’s pronounced tendency to reward its enemies and punish its friends, its perennial failures to support its own people, and in particular to support the loyal, rock-solid conservatives when the chips are down.

      Here I am thinking of people such as Barry Goldwater, Sarah Palin, Scooter Libby, John Bolton, Richard Nixon, Norm Coleman, Judge Robert H. Bork, Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, Colonel Ollie North, Tom Tancredo, Senator Jim Bunning, Joe Wilson, et al.

      All of these people were, at one time or another, hung out to dry by their comrades in the Republican Party.

      Admittedly some of these conservative Republicans are flawed. And some are diamonds in the rough. But they all shine like stars next to the Sisters of Charity and other Liberal RINOs inside (and outside) the Republican Party.

      A vote for Obama’s program in any of its permutations is a vote against life, liberty, and property. Republicans who cannot support these fundamental principles have lost their sense of smell.

      Olympia once justified her vote on Obamacare claiming that she was on the side of history––I say baloney: she and her ilk are on the side of death, destruction, socialism, and slavery.

      Ceterum censeo hostem esse delendum.

    • proreason says:

      They’re ready to shoot him after one vote.

      And it will take 60 million people to defeat the alliance that is trying to destroy the country.

      Enjoy your serfdom.

    • Petronius says:

      pro: “it will take 60 million people . . . .”

      Yes. And how many millions of people/voters/idiots will it take after the next comprehensive amnesty is enacted with bipartisan support from Republicans?

      65 million? 70 million? 75 million?

      I would like to believe that this madness can still be settled with ballots.

    • proreason says:

      13 Republicans voted for the bill.


      Kay Bailey Hutchison didn’t vote, because she is in a battle for the governorship of Texas and didn’t dare vote yes, even though her record indicates she would have if she wasn’t in that race.

      So, 33% of Republicans voted for it.

      Scott Brown may have known that and decided to build his centrist creds in Massachusetts.

      I’m not defending voting for the bill, but it’s 1.5% the size of Porkulus. Yet, it’s another 15B down the rat hole, but in the greater scheme of things, It isn’t something run off a cliff over. Strategically, for Scott Brown and possibly some others, it might have been a smart vote.

      And it certainly doesn’t prove he’s sold out.

  8. artboyusa says:

    Well, that’s changed my humour from sanguine to bilious…

  9. crate says:

    This was just disappointing. These people continue to just go against the will of the people.

  10. BillK says:

    When will people learn it’s not “the will of the people” that is important, it’s “what gives me power.”

    Scott Brown did exactly what was predicted here, and it will not surprise me at all if he votes for whatever health care plan is put up for a vote as long as one sentence is different from the previous bill.

    I’d laugh at the people who wanted to draft Brown for President, but at the same time in a recent poll many “Republicans” would actually draft McCain again.

    Frankly, Palin’s continued support for McCain in all contexts makes me wonder about her, too.

    • jobeth says:

      I also wonder what she is going to do where McCain is concerned. His upcoming opponent (forgot the name) is supposed to be much more in line with Palin but she ‘owes’ McCain a big one for bringing her ‘out’ front.

      This is going to be a real problem for her if she is planning on running in ‘2012. If she does back him over the more conservative opponent…it will show she is compromising her principles. The very ones that people fell in love with her over. She needs to think long and hard about who she will support.

      As far as I’m concerned, McCain will get over it. He is in the closing years of his career anyway.

      I seem to remember a time when he allowed her to swing in the wind during and right after the campaign when his campaign people were continuing to stab her in the back. Now he needs her, he’s back cozying up to her. After his daughter’s coming out as a progressive…as far as Palin is concerned, McCain is a third rail for her. McCain is a progressive as well

      This is going to be interesting. If you think Browns support dropped…watch Palins if she starts supporting the likes of McCain and his ilk.

      I really like her, but even I will back away if she compromises in order to get into the “the club”. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  11. artboyusa says:

    “Rise and shine, Senator. C’mon, wake up sleepyhead”.

    “Huh? Wha? Oh man, that light hurts my eyes. Where am I? Who are you?”

    “You’re back in your hotel room, Senator; safe and sound. Who I am isn’t important; let’s just say I’m a friend. The best friend you have right now”.

    “Owww…my head hurts like anything. Oh man”.

    “Here, drink this; its Alka Seltzer. Yeah, you had quite a night last night…quite a night”.

    “I did? I can’t remember anything”.

    “Oh really? Maybe this videotape will refresh your memory. Here, check it out”.

    “Huh? Oh god. Oh my god. That’s me, isn’t it? Where did you get this? Who are those girls?”

    “Pretty cute huh? You met them last night at the party. That one’s Brandi and that one is Kandi and the other one’s their friend Mandi. And that’s you. With them”.

    “But..but I don’t remember any of this!”

    “Too bad. I bet Brandi and Kandi and Mandi will remember you, Senator. It looks like you made quite a hit with them”.

    “Look, what’s going on here? Who are you working for?”

    “Hey, I’m just a friend, Scotty old pal. And as far as what’s going on; well, look at the tape. Look at it! That’s sodomy, Senator. Unnatural acts. Adultery times three. And it’s all on tape”.

    “Oh god”.

    “How do you think your constituents will feel when this ends up on YouTube Senator? What will your wife say?”

    “She’s a good woman. She’ll understand! She’ll stand by me”.

    “Really? Hey, you’re a lucky guy Scott. Let’s call her up right now and give her the good word. Hello, switchboard?”

    “NO! Wait…please. Just put down the phone. Please”.

    “That’s better. I knew you’d see sense”.

    “Look, are you trying to blackmail me?”

    “Senator, please! You make me sound like a bad person! And ‘blackmail’ is such an ugly word; in Chicago we prefer to say ‘persuade’. I’m just trying to persuade you, Senator”.

    “Persuade me to do what?”

    “Nothing special; just to see both sides of the question. To be a little bi-partisan, to reach across the aisle and so forth. To work in a spirit of reconciliation. You know what I mean?”

    “I…I think so”.

    “Good! And as long as you just keep reaching across the aisle, well this ugliness, this sick filth, will stay our little secret”.

    “You promise?”

    “Oh sure! I promise”.

    * A tip of the hat to Hunter Thompson, who outlined a similar scenario in “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail” back in ’72. If this post sounds especially bitter its because I voted for this guy and the first thing he does is let me down, the big jerk.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Artboyusa – both posts … excellent!

      (Hunter wasn’t my cup of tea, politically, but I howled over his writing)

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    The Kiss of Death (politically speaking of course). This one’s for you, whatsyourname.


  13. artboyusa says:

    Thanks, Jack. This is from the Boston Globe article on this stomach emptying event: ““I’m an independent voice, I voted to put people back to work in Massachusetts and throughout the country, and work in a bipartisan manner to do so,’’ he (Brown) said.

    “Democrats were thrilled to have Brown on board for the package. “I believe this is the beginning of a trend, and I hope I’m right,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California… Brown “got the message better than anyone in Massachusetts — it’s jobs and the economy,” said Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York”.

    “Democrats were thrilled”….I bet they were”. Luckily, because God loves us and wants us to be happy, He gave us alcohol to dull the pain of disappointment and betrayal. Cheers!

    “So who’s my special little fella? Huh? Huh?”

    “I am, Uncle Chuckie!” trilled Scott, wriggling excitedly on Senator Schumer’s lap. “I am!”

    “That’s right, Scotty!” beamed the senior Democrat, pinching Scott’s apple red cheek. “You’re my special little fella. And why are you my special little fella?”

    “Dunno” mumbled a puzzled Scott.

    “Yes, you do. C’mon…tell Uncle Chuckie. Why are you special?”

    “On accounta cause I’m…I’m…”

    “Go ahead…”

    “Cause I’m helpful?”

    “That’s right! You’re very helpful. What else?”

    “And I’m obedient”.

    “Uh huh! You’re a very obedient boy, Scotty!”

    “And because I’m bipolar!”

    “No, no…you’re not bipolar, I think. Try again”.

    “I’m, uh, bigamous?”

    “I don’t think so. C’mon try again. Put on that little thinking cap!”

    “A bete noir?”

    “To Artboy definitely, but no; try again”.


    “Well, kind of. You’re certainly very shiny. Keep going…”

    “I got it! I’m BIPARTISAN!”

    “Good boy! Good boy Scotty! I’m so proud of you. Here, give Uncle Chuckie a big kiss!”

    “Hey, quit it, weirdo…”

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