Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must have allowed himself to toss back a few stiff ones last night. He had just managed to co-opt the Massachusetts Boy Wonder on only his second vote in the Senate. And it didn’t really take that much effort.
Harry met briefly with Scott Brown last week. Brown was still saying “I’m the 41st vote, – not the 60th vote.” Then he went off like a rock star to CPAC.
But Monday was a work day, and Dirty Harry set up a little loyalty test for Scott. He slapped together a quick $15 Billion “Jobs Bill” which sounded pretty good – giving tax breaks to businesses who hire unemployed, and some subsidies to back up state and local construction bonds. The money will allegedly come from killing offshore tax shelters.
And Brown swallowed it whole – hook, line, and sinker. “I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington. It’s not a perfect bill. I was comfortable with that vote.”
Back here in Massachusetts Republicans are waking up with a BIG hangover. What happened to our Republican Senator??!? He was supposed to say “No!” and fight Harry Reid!?!?
Sorry Folks, – there are no real conservatives here. It’s all a matter of Massachusetts semantics. Up here what passes as a “Strong Republican” is really a moderate to liberal republican. A “Moderate Republican” is really a liberal. And a “Liberal Republican is really just a John McCain progressive. And Scott was buying into all the press and all the hype. He was probably seeing himself running against Obama in 2012. So voting alongside Specter, Snow, Collins and Kerry seemed just ~ so ~ bipartisan.
Hey check yourself over in the mirror this morning Massachusetts. Along with that wicked hangover you ~ may ~ have a new tattoo!
/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!