Senator Scott Brown Votes To Move Jobs Bill Ahead; Better Mostly Red, Than Ted
From The Hill:
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 GOP Sens. George Voinovich (Ohio) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) also voted for cloture.
Disappointing, but not really surprising, so I don’t really understand the shocked – SHOCKED – uproar. Scott Brown is the Senator from MASSACHUSETTS. He also campaigned saying he wasn’t beholden to any party and would be an Independent voice/vote for Massachusetts. While the Jobs Bill is a crock, I’ll withhold full judgment until the health care votes and see if he sides with Democrats then. I don’t think he will; he campaigned on voting against it and if he wants to be re-elected, he’ll keep that promise.
Speaking of being re-elected, here is a helpful reminder: Scott Brown, who campaigned as a Moderate and whom so many loved a scant month ago, has to vote like a Massachusetts Republican, listening to the people he represents, if he wants to be re-elected. A Massachusetts Republican is not, nor will it be any time soon, the same as a, say, South Carolina Republican. Personally, I’d prefer that outcome (his re-election) over any Massachusetts Democrat, who would surely vote – and write legislation – along the lines of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy every single time.
So, I will wait for the health care votes. And in the meantime, still better mostly red than Ted.
(cross posted at iotw)