Scott Brown Honeymoon Over?

(Update: GOPers Brown, Snowe, Collins, Voinovich & Bond voted with Dems for cloture. Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of HCR fame voted no. – promoted by Garrett Quinn)

Is the conservative Honeymoon over for Scott “Mr. 41” Brown?

Harry Reid has been courting Brown for that crucial 60th vote to end debate and Brown is now reportedly voting in favor of cloture for the $15 billion jobs bill. With only a simple majority required to pass the bill a vote for cloture is considered a vote in favor of the bill by conservative groups who grade legislators like the Center for Fiscal Accountability. CFA, a wing of Americans for Tax Reform, is calling the bill a “handout” for labor unions.

The Alliance for Worker Freedom says the bill will “add $17 billion to the last ‘stimulus bill'” and force union workers on all federally funded highway projects.

Tomorrow we will answer the most important question: How will this impact the sale of his action figure, trucks, and Carhart jackets?

Brown’s statement is below the fold.  

   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. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I will vote for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.

   I was disappointed with the continuation of politics-as-usual in the drafting of this bill, as it was crafted behind closed doors, without transparency and accountability. I hope for improvements in that process going forward. All of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to work together to get our economy back on track. I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington.

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  • Good luck with that hopey-changey thing “for improvements in the process going forward”.  

  • cfblake2

    Lets not let this happen with the GOV race. Lets put the most Conservitive canidate in please. No more RINOs

  • As Michael Savage said today, Brown is just another of the turncoats that New England puts out as RINOs (Snowe, Collins.)  I feel like a fool for having contributed.  At least with Coakley, you knew what you’d get.  I’m disappointed, but it’s a lesson worth learning… beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing….

  • he was a “independent” Republican who would make up his mind on legislation based on how it would affect Massachusetts, not on orders from Republican Leadership.

    He has appointed a fine staff to analyze pending legislation and it’s affect on Massachusetts, and obviously decided it helps us grow our economy. So he is voting for it, regardless of what the Republican Leadership “ordered him to do”.

    Good for him.    

  • I am not a huge fan of unions, but Massachusetts sure has a lot of unions right?  I suspect this job bill does help our state, even if not our country.

    Give this man time I say.  He is our 41st vote on a lot of important issues for the nation.  Let others work hard to change our state here at home.

  • Brown could achieve some degree of redemption by offering amendments to clear out some of the more egregious provisions of the bill.  Let me just say that we will be watching.  

  • Scott posted his statement as a status update on Facebook. Man is he getting crushed. 940 comments. Almost all negative. Well, no one could argue that he’s a conservative. Well some did. Some tried to paint him as Goldwater II. The man’s a Republican from Massachusetts. There’s a big difference between that and a conservative. Perhaps there was a little projection going on just like with the previous The One. I think we all thought he was something he’s really not. He may be anti-tax, but he’s not anti-spend (at least with this vote), which is the more important of the 2.

  • Reid already stated there would be no amendments and Scott voted for it anyway.

    Scott f’ing blew it.  It is over.  He might as well vote ‘present’ for the next two years.  The enthusiasm needed to put him back there in 2012 just left the building.

    The shot heard around the world lands as a $15B give-away.  WTF Scott????

    Thanks for nothing, Senator Douche Bag.


  • Did anybody actually campaign for him?

    This is still a Dem state. He never ran as a movement conservative. He ran as a populist. He is conservative, and must represent the will of the people. Sorry, 60% of the population did not become constitutional conservatives overnight.

    The state loves him even more. I wached this announcement form a bar in Watertown. Cheers is all he got.

    The big thing is that he compromised on a menial matter, and this is menial compared to what is on the docket. Now, he can vote no and no one can call him a GOP hack.

  • The Brown fan page is getting hosed. Close to 2500 comments on his status update with 95% scathing.  

    Agreed that there is a lot of projection and messiah complex at play here — but as a longtime supporter it is just so frustrating to see him shoot himself in the foot on literally his first vote.  

    Whether it is holding hands with a Saudi sheik or bending over to a foreign premiere, or rolling over on your back like a dominated dog in the name of “bi-partisanship” (oh hooray!!) — nobody can respect you after something like that.

    He was sent to D.C. specifically to be an obstructionist — to stop the grotesque expansion of government.  No one seriously expected him to be Ron Paul 2.0 but come on!  It is like finding out the girl who had been playing hard to get all semester, actually blew the entire football team and basketball team over the summer — the magic disappears pretty fast.

    This just totally took the wind out of his sails, and I don’t see him recovering from this.

  • there are no Swamp Yankees in Watertown and no Swamp Yankee would cheer this.

    It is very hard for me to imagine anyone cheering this. Did he read the bill?  Does he actually think that capital/dollars taken out of the private sector and handed to government are better at creating jobs?  There is neither sound policy nor political strategy behind this. It is simply amateurism.

  • Hey, he ran against Washington status quo f-ups, and part of the ridiculous Washington idiocy is the abuse of the filibuster in the Senate.

    It was idiotic when it was done by the demmies, and it’s idiotic when it’s overused by our side.  

    Hey, you want to filibuster, fine, go for it – but make them actually filibuster – stay standing and debate.  Pee in a cup from the podium, have the minority sleep in cots in the chamber to keep the filibuster going.  And let the country see the dysfunction in living color on CSPAN — that’ll get you a new Senate pretty quickly…

  • This bill largely does not have much if not any value towards economic growth other than as a big payback to the unions. Brown greatly alienated 90% of the people who donated to his campaign to make his victory possible. They gave to him strictly to put an end to the ridiculous spending. This bills falls into that category.

    I’m starting to wonder if he does have a messiah complex as mentioned before based on some recent comments and innuendo from recent interviews. As Barbara pointed out, he may think he is “the one” to rise above the polarized partisanship of DC and save them from themselves. Either that or his is angling to be a regular guest on the sunday talk show circuit

  • nomad943

    I will withhold judgement a while longer. This bill realy was a mixed bag. People who figure that we can continue to do nothing about unemployment are neglecting the fact that the government continues to cut these saem people unemployment checks. Rather see people pushing brooms on the highway then sitting home waiting for the mail.

  • I think his comments about transparency are setting the stage for “no” votes in the future if the process is not more transparent.  Turn the clocks ahead a bit to another (pick the topic) bill designed behind closed doors.

    Harry Reid:  “Scott, you’re with us again on this one right?”

    Scott Brown:  “Harry, didn’t you hear what I said last time about transparency?”

    HR:  “Yes but I thought you were an independent voice.”

    SB:  “I am, and I’ve shown you that I’ll vote with you when a bill makes sense to me.  I voted for the workforce bill DESPITE the lack of transparency.  However, this bill before us today is dead unless you solicit and accept true bipartisan input.”

    See, so by casting this vote EARLY in his tenure, he demonstrates that he WILL vote across party lines.  He builds a little good will while increasing his personal influence on the agenda.

    A steady stream of “no” votes, especially initially, would have him painted with the obstructionist brush and arguably hurt is future viability as an influencer of the agenda.

    While I disagree with him on this vote, some times you need to concede a battle to win the war.

    Keep it in perspective people.


  • Senator brown’s vote against Craig Becker was good for the Country. However, his vote for this $15 billion stimulus bill begins to raise some second thoughts. Obviously a Coakley victory would have been a disaster, so I don’t regret my support for Scott’s candidacy. Let’s hope he doesn’t buy into the Democrat’s sham of bipartisanship being the cure all…because that will truly be a disaster.  


  • …looking in your direction, Barbara.

    Scott Brown was elected on the platform of being the 41st vote against ObamaCare, not every Democrat-supported proposal.

    He was one of 5 Republicans who voted for Cloture.  The vote wasn’t even close, and many Republicans didn’t even vote.  Either way it was going to pass.

    Scott Brown is a Moderate to Conservative Republican.  He’s not a Staunch Conservative.  He’ll be with Conservatives 80% of the time.  As Ronald Reagan said, “the person who is with me 80% of the time is my 80% Friend, not my 20% Enemy.”

    This shows Scott is Bipartisan, something Massachusetts voters want.  He IS up for re-election in a Presidential year (2012).

    This also gives him cover for when he makes tough, politically (for Massachusetts) unpopular votes in the future.

    Scott Brown is never going to have a 100% ACU rating.  I knew that going in on January 19th.  If you didn’t, you weren’t listening to the words coming out of his mouth during the campaign.

    There are going to be more votes like this, hopefully not many, where Conservatives like us will be displeased.  There will also be many votes where Scott Brown will Save Our Bacon.

    It was anticipation of those bacon-saving votes that made me cast my ballot for Scott Brown on January 19th.

    The Honeymoon may be over, but we will still have a (hopefully) long and happy Marriage.

  • How about a Washington “Independent Thinker” who votes on legislation based on whether it is a good bill or a bad bill??

      The “Jobs Bill’ is a real bad bill.