Scan through my posts throughout the special US Senate election and you’ll see that I was never a big fan of US Senator Scott Brown. Didn’t like his superficial campaign, didn’t buy into his sound bites, didn’t think he had a game plan…so yeah, not my favorite guy.
And yet, I now find myself compelled to defend him a second time (the first time is here).
It’s all due to this Boston Herald story entitled Republicans Feeling Blue As Scott Brown Win Backfires. If you’re too lazy to read it yourself, here’s the gist of the story: Republicans and Tea Partiers who supported Brown are now feeling like grade-A suckers because Brown failed to stop the health care reform bill from passing.
Here’s a telling quote from the story:
“We start to wonder whether we helped a RINO (Republican in name only) get into office,” said Tea Party activist Jeffrey McQueen, who traveled from Michigan to campaign for Brown in the final days of the Jan. 19 special election that rocked the nation. “If it wasn’t for the Tea Party movement, Scott Brown wouldn’t have gotten that seat. We expect to see a true conservative in there.”
First of all: You expected to see a “true conservative,” eh? What happened to the Tea Party being a bipartisan movement? Or was that claim never really sincere? (He asked rhetorically…)
Second: Brown did not vote for the bill. He did vote to allow the process to continue rather than being hijacked by a filibuster — which, ironically enough, led to the Democrats manipulating the process to their advantage so they needed a smaller majority to pass the bill — but the bill itself? He voted against it, just like he said he would.
There was no “betrayal” anywhere here, except perhaps of Brown’s supporters’ expectations — expectations as unrealistic as, say, thinking Obama would overnight undue a decade’s worth of economic destruction. Brown voted against the bill, just like you goofs wanted, so why are you angry at him? Because one guy was unable to overcome a system riddled with loopholes and arcane parliamentary procedures (that the GOP itself used 35 times in the 2005 – 2006 Congressional session, I might add)? What, are you also pissed at that Chinese college kid because he failed to stop the tanks at Tienanmen Square?
Politicians aren’t wizards fresh out of Hogwarts, people. “One man, one vote” is a great slogan but it’s not, for good or ill, how things get done in Washington.
If anything good could come out of this, it’s perhaps that Democrats and Republicans now have a common ground upon which to commiserate: They both now know what it’s like to load up one man with all your hopes and dreams and have them dashed to bits by the cold hard fact that he’s only human.
PS: Democrats, y’might want to stop being so dickish about this situation. How many times must you fly too close to the sun and plummet into the ocean before you realize that arrogance is not a virtue?
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