Democrats’ massive financial regulation bill passes — thanks to Scott Brown

posted at 9:33 pm on May 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Actually, four Republicans voted yes — Collins, Snowe, and Chuck Grassley were the others — but it was Scotty B who flipped today to make it happen.

The 59-39 vote represents an important achievement for President Barack Obama, and comes just two months after his health care overhaul became law. The bill must now be reconciled with a House version that passed in December. A key House negotiator predicted the legislation would reach Obama’s desk before the Fourth of July…

Democrats succeeded in breaking through the Republican block by winning Brown’s backing. The Massachusetts Republican, who had voted against ending debate on Wednesday, met with Reid Thursday morning to voice his concerns regarding the bill’s effect on Massachusetts banks such as State Street and insurance firms such as MassMutual. House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, also of Massachusetts, weighed in Thursday with letters to Reid offering his own guarantees that the final bill would resolve Brown’s concerns.

Shelby, who helped write parts of the bill before ultimately voting against it, called it a “massive new consumer bureaucracy” and a “liberal activists’ dream come true.” So why’d Scotty flip? Pressure:

So why did Brown buckle, after voting to uphold the filibuster on Wednesday?

For starters, he received 3,000 phone calls to his office over the last week, all of them by supporters of Organizing for America, the apparatus that sprung out of President Obama’s campaign for the White House that is now housed inside the Democratic National Committee…

Then there is guilt. Reid all but called Brown out by name on Wednesday when he said that the Senate did not move forward on a procedural vote to end debate and overcome the filibuster because a senator had “broken his word.”

Brown told reporters that he had in fact given Reid his word that he would vote if his concerns were addressed in the bill, but that he voted no on Wednesday because his concerns had not been addressed. Thursday Brown voted yes, though his concerns had still not been addressed.

Translation: The left knew they could make things uncomfortable for him in Massachusetts if he didn’t cave, so they turned the screws — and he caved. Which, admittedly, was fully expected after the first filibuster, but is no less depressing for having been predictable. Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?


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Boooooo!!!!

Big Orange on May 20, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Hurry up November!!!!

Yakko77 on May 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Seriously, is anyone at all surprised by this?

DangerHighVoltage on May 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Scott Brown 2012 Pitchforks and Torches 2010!

Good Solid B-Plus on May 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Er, the Pitchforks and Torches bit shouldn’t be struck out, of course. Much like Reggie Jackson, it simply couldn’t help itself.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

I wouldn’t worry about that. Erick Erickson’s far too busy caterwauling about Carly Fiorina, Sue Lowden, Jane Norton and a bunch of other west-of-the-Rockies women he apparently loathes.

KingGold on May 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Still better than Kennedy.

Maxpower on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

I don’t know…but to paraphrase Forrest Gump, “useless is as useless does”. For the GOP, he’s kind of like an iPad…shiny, slick and new, but nobody knows what the hell to do with him.

AUINSC on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

Seriously? He was branded a RINO about 10 minutes after he beat Coakley. The exit question was answered in this forum months ago…

joejm65 on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Scotty B….brother… HotAir went down and we went hours, *hours* sans humpbot, sans nuke explosion after you took back the “people’s seat” and now you cave. Look homeboy, we put you in that office, and we’ll take you out. OC here shook us all down for our pennies for a good three weeks and we dug in for ya. Put on your hip huggies and strap on that truck and don’t forget where you came from boy.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Seriously, is anyone at all surprised by this?

DangerHighVoltage on May 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Nope but it doesn’t make it any less damaging to our economy. It’s just another nail in the coffin for this country but I hope we can keep from being buried completely before November comes.

Yakko77 on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Seriously, is anyone at all surprised by this?

DangerHighVoltage on May 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM<

It is Teddy’s seat right?

CWforFreedom on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

How would Coakley have voted?

d1carter on May 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Seriously, is anyone at all surprised by this?

DangerHighVoltage on May 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Surprised, no. Dismayed, yes.

Knew Scottie the Body would be a squish. Didn’t expect him to be Winston Squishington III, King of all Squishes.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

No incumbent should be given a pass anymore. I sincerely hope that conservatives, as exemplified by the Tea Party, will not go to sleep ever again. If Scott Brown and the rest are made to understand that they can be sure of primary challenges, they will be very mindful of their votes (cf. McCain).

TheRightMan on May 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

In the end they’re all really about getting re-elected, not whether they have concerns about the bill…they’re politicians. He’s just another one.

scalleywag on May 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Marla Coakley is now getting ammo to run against Brownie and beat him. Her campaign line will be, “If you want someone up there voting with the Democrats, it might as well be a Democrat, huh?!”

and she just might take him.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Democrats’ massive financial regulation bill passes

Probably just more of their “Punish the innocent and reward the guilty (like Goldman Sachs)”.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

If Dems from coal-producing states vote against cap & tax (should it ever get to the floor), because that vote is in their states’ interest, and their own interest in re-election, the GOP will be happy to have their votes. Cuts both ways.

Former MA politician (Tip O’Neill): “All politics is local.”

Wethal on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Man we are going to be spending a lot of time repealing crap next year if we do well in November aren’t we?

What a freaking mess

gophergirl on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Ah, I’m so nostalgic tonight…I remember the good ole’ days way back in 2009 when we heard, “It was only a vote for cloture…it wasn’t the actual vote for the bill.”

Oops, in the words of the late, great Gilda Radner, “Nevvver mind!”

Chewy the Lab on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

BTW, what is Grassley’s damage?

AUINSC on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Brown told reporters that he had in fact given Reid his word that he would vote if his concerns were addressed in the bill, but that he voted no on Wednesday because his concerns had not been addressed. Thursday Brown voted yes, though his concerns had still not been addressed.

Scott “No Balls” Brown

SoulGlo on May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Isn’t that what we expect from a Mittens style Mass Republican?

Tennman on May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

Exit answer: It doesn’t matter. The one thing that we should learn from the tea party movement is that all political careers occur and many of them end at the pleasure of the voters (ask Bob Bennett about that). If Scott Brown does not serve to the satisfaction of those that elected him, they will make their displeasure known at the ballot box in Massachusetts, as I will do for my elected representatives in my home state.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Woulda, coulda, shoulda voted for the good Joe Kennedy. “Scotty” Brown also voted against a full audit of the Fed.

It’s good to be part of the Govt-Banksta Oligarchy. Too Big To Fail Banksta Bailouts FTW!

Rae on May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Who’da thunk it? A Northeastern RINO siding with the Dems. I’m shocked!

NOT!

No more RINOs from anywhere – even if it means that a Dem wins.

Sporty1946 on May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

AP- it has been noted that the only way Brown wouldve voted yes is if Reid assured him in conference the derivatives issue would be stripped

Obama is already trying to back down Cantwell and Feingold on the Volcker Rule

Dodd wont let the regs that are adverse to the big banks make it out of Cmte.

guaranteed

wanna place a wager?

ginaswo on May 20, 2010 at 9:42 PM

I guess the MA dems were right about Scotty being stupid.

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Woulda, coulda, shoulda voted for the good Joe Kennedy. “Scotty” Brown also voted against a full audit of the Fed.

It’s good to be part of the Govt-Banksta Oligarchy. Too Big To Fail Banksta Bailouts FTW!

Rae on May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Rae, what do you think an audit of the fed would find?

One of my biggest beefs about the “audit the fed” movement is that if the fed is as powerful as Ron Paul and others seem to think, they can cover up any malfeasance anyway.

I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be a good idea, don’t get me wrong; I’m just not sure how productive it would be, assuming there is anything to be discovered in the first place.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Ted, Is anyone credible challenging Turncoat Charlie in the Republican primary? Or is he in ’til ’12?

Chewy the Lab on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

The shining example for any Republican elected in a blue state is Chris Christie! Stand up for what you believe in! Democrats will always vote for the real thing no matter what you do to try to please them. Does he think unions and the rest of the Democrat machine will treat him any better once he is up for re-election?

TheRightMan on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

When is Grassley up?

He needs a Primary challenge.

artist on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Harry Reid is singing that Dead or Alive tune “you spin me round” and morphing it into “We turned Scott Brown baby, turned him ’round ’round”

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM

shiny, slick and new, but nobody knows what the hell to do with him.

AUINSC on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

My boss got me an ipad. You’re right, cool as all get out but what do you really do with it except store music and movies and books and load it up with apps you’ll hardly ever use?

scalleywag on May 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Ted, Is anyone credible challenging Turncoat Charlie in the Republican primary? Or is he in ’til ‘12?

Chewy the Lab on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

I dunno, but I’m making a trek back home to IA next week and I’m thinking I’ll just have to stop by his office and put my 2cents into his office punks there.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:45 PM

The shining example for any Republican elected in a blue state is Chris Christie! Stand up for what you believe in! Democrats will always vote for the real thing no matter what you do to try to please them. Does he think unions and the rest of the Democrat machine will treat him any better once he is up for re-election?

TheRightMan on May 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

And you know, in the wake of Scott Brown’s victory, I was roundly criticized by a lot of bloggers and blog commenters for my derisive use of the words “hero worship.”

Seriously, I never had high expectations for Scott Brown. He is, in many ways, fulfilling my expectations. Chris Christie is exceeding the expectations I had for New Jersey, but Christie isn’t afraid of pissing off the wrong people. Scott Brown apparently is, and he’ll be brought to reckon the next time he runs for election.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Hmmm. Suddenly the tea party nuts on here aren’t so quick to claim him..

*shocker*

NoStoppingUs on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

For starters, he received 3,000 phone calls to his office over the last week, all of them by supporters of Organizing for America

Why aren’t there triple more calls being made from our side?

Scott, your freakin’ truck broke down.

missl on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Hmmm. Suddenly the tea party nuts on here aren’t so quick to claim him..

*shocker*

NoStoppingUs on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I’m one of those “tea party nuts,” and I never did claim him, you jerk.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Nobody more conservative than him can win in Mass, so that is just how it is.

WisCon on May 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Hey Scotty B…

… Did you even read the bill?

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Hmmm. Suddenly the tea party nuts on here aren’t so quick to claim him..

*shocker*

NoStoppingUs on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Ummm. Do you remember a day when Scotty B raised a million bucks in a day….? yeah, those “tea party nuts” felt it was worthwhile to give—as well as to give our opinion of what we expected out of Scotty B–it was worth it to unseat the Dems. You’d think that he’d at least acknowledge where a whole helluva lot of his campaign cash came from, he doesn’t.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:49 PM

What a CRAVEN LOSER. It took this proud son of New England about 5 minutes to be corrupted. I guess he wanted it, wanted those friends, that power. And so, he immediately and without a murmer, dropped his trousers and grabbed ankles. How soon we forget the people who elected us, and why they did.

GTR640 on May 20, 2010 at 9:49 PM

If all you numbskulls who live outside of Massa-chew-setts think that state would have been better off with Coakley, just speak up and say so now.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM

I wouldn’t worry about that. Erick Erickson’s far too busy caterwauling about Carly Fiorina, Sue Lowden, Jane Norton and a bunch of other west-of-the-Rockies women he apparently loathes.

KingGold on May 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Yeah. He likes Devore and I can respect that. He’s been delusional in his advocacy though. I haven’t seen Devore crack the teens and he’s calling for Fiorina to drop out? Liberals are supposed to be the ones that view the world as they wish it were vs. how it is.

stldave on May 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM

For starters, he received 3,000 phone calls to his office over the last week, all of them by supporters of Organizing for America

since when did any member of congress listen to phone calls? did it swing healthcare, nope. sure didn’t.

you were easy money for them scotty, your pants are around your ankles and their going balls deep.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM

What a CRAVEN LOSER.

GTR640 on May 20, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Don’t tell me you’re surprised, GTR. I’m not normally really quick to say “I told you so,” but this time…

BTW, am I to assume you live in MA and voted for him? Just asking out of curiosity.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Scotty B. should return to something he’s good at – taking off his clothes and posing for naked pics.

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Does he drive a Prius now?

SouthernGent on May 20, 2010 at 9:52 PM

We need Ron Paul.

iamse7en on May 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I’m sorry but Brown ran as a fiscal conservative, and his been anything but. He’s just another democrat. How many times did he vote with the GOP? Once or twice?

cubachi on May 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I don’t think it’s a great bill, but it’s a step forward.

I don’t get the “outrage.”

AnninCA on May 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Hmmm. Suddenly the tea party nuts on here aren’t so quick to claim him..

*shocker*

NoStoppingUs on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

It is human to be disappointed. Tea partiers are not ‘nuts’ – in Scott Brown’s own words, he promised to be the 41st vote against Obama’s agenda and not the 60th vote. I guess he is taking McCain’s advice very seriously on reaching across the aisle. Is he also planning to backtrack on his votes once it is primary season? Hmmm… we shall see.

TheRightMan on May 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Would the donks have held strong under Bush?

Yes because they did.

jukin on May 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Can I get a refund on my campaign donation?

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I don’t get the “outrage.”

AnninCA on May 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

That’s because you believe financial regulation is a proper role for government to play. Conservatives do not.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM

It’s the stupid voters of Massachusetts that are responsible for this.

Crux Australis on May 20, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Scott Brown is no better that Snarlin Arlen

clnurnberg on May 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM

It’s the stupid voters of Massachusetts that are responsible for this.

Crux Australis on May 20, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Yeah! Those idiots could have had Martha Coakley instead!

*facepalm*

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Forget Brown. It was Collins and Snowe who have made sure that every key piece of Obama’s admin gets passed. I said two years ago they should be thrown out of the party. Had they stood firm the Obama admin would have crashed and burned by now and we would not be stuck with trillion dollar public union bailouts and health care to name just a couple.

patrick neid on May 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Scott Brown= Another Ball less wonder

heshtesh on May 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Oh, lookey….

It wasn’t that long ago, the cries of “Brown 2012″ rand through the halls of HotAir…

JetBoy on May 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Is there no man……..

or women…….

who won`t…………

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Oh, lookey….

It wasn’t that long ago, the cries of “Brown 2012″ rand through the halls of HotAir…

JetBoy on May 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM

And for all I know, I might have been the lone small voice warning against such hero worship. We built him up, and now we’re tearing him down. Funny that.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I am upset, but I never expected him to be a real conservative.

I expected him to stop ObamaCare (repeal now), Cap and Trade, and Amnesty. Those are still important, and I’d rather have a chance at stopping those bills versus having a rubber stamp with Coakley in that seat.

El_Terrible on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

Primary him. He’ll just flip and become a Democrap, which is basically what he already is.

Jaibones on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

Yep. It sucks, but he’s about as right as the nuts in MA will elect, at least until the economy completely craters.

ROCnPhilly on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I contributed to Browns campaign and have been swamped with e-mails from Brown ever since. I returned one saying take me off all your mailing lists. I do not plan to give again.

bw222 on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

BROWN 2012! Come on, say it with me. A conservative from Kennedy land, yayhoo!

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

For all of you who rationalize this by saying, “Well, Brown is better than Coakley”, you better wake up. The Dems are not playing by the same rules as you. Do you think Lincoln, Landreu and other Dems located in more conservative regions worried about what their constituents said when voting for the Health Care debacle? Stop hamstringing yourselves. Demand Conservative members even in blue states. If they’re going to constantly compromise and vote for Dem policies anyway, put a Dem in there and let them choke on their big govt failures themselves.

RobbBond on May 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Where’s True_King telling everyone what idiots they are “The GOP will betray you.” He’s late.

Firefly_76 on May 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Erick Erickson can be a bit of an a-hole at times.

bw222 on May 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Oh, lookey….

It wasn’t that long ago, the cries of “Brown 2012″ rand through the halls of HotAir…

JetBoy on May 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM

JetBoy: Yes,umm,you do have a point,and I have forgiven you,
umm,may I remind you,you are still under the good
graces of Hot Air over Crist and….. ………

(I`m kidding):)

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

I feel like wailing and gnashing my teeth. I am a moderate Republican and I remain a moderate Republican. But moderate Republican shouldn’t mean compromise with stupid socialist economics that only harm all of us–like this regulation of banking. It should mean a willingness to involve government to help the most poor with medicine, thinking seriously about the trade-off between economic growth and ecological protection, openness to funding public goods like libraries and parks, and other items that haven’t already been refuted as bad ideas by economic theory. I suppose I should just go ahead and be honest about the appeal of moderate/liberal Republicanism to everyone that I know: a willingness to fight the religious right on social issues. I don’t want to have to pay for decency on social issues with economically stupid votes. And I don’t think for one second that the people who vote for Snowe, Collins, and Brown would be upset by them supporting the economic conservative side of this issue.

thuja on May 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Just like that sorta good looking woman from New York, she was supposed to be some sort of savior too.

Brown/Woman from New York 2016

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Stop hamstringing yourselves. Demand Conservative members even in blue states. If they’re going to constantly compromise and vote for Dem policies anyway, put a Dem in there and let them choke on their big govt failures themselves.

RobbBond on May 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Yeah! YEAH! Cause it’s a great to win by losing, and we have to teach Scott Brown a lesson by giving Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid even MORE power! YEAHHHHHHHH!

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

So does this mean we are going to have to call Sen. Brown on every vote? Even though I don’t live in his state I bet I donated more money to him then anyone of the 3000 folks who called from Organizing for America. You can’t babysit people who cave when their own concerns haven’t even been answered. D.C. is crawling with gutless wonders.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

BROWN 2012! Come on, say it with me. A conservative from Kennedy land, yayhoo!

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Bishop:D*mmit,again!!!:)

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

You ever get the feeling that maybe both parties are in on this together?

RobbBond on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Brown is worthy of the same national Republican support that RINO’s like Collins, Snowe, Spector, etc enjoy.

Freddy on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Brown is worthy of the same national Republican support that RINO’s like Collins, Snowe, Spector, etc enjoy.

Freddy on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Which means he stands the same chance of being re-elected. I am not in favor of that.

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Forgivable, imo.

changer1701 on May 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

No no no, this is great, really. Brown is going to save us all, just like we were supposed to change the Constitution so Ahnold could run for POTUS.

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?

Both?

irishspy on May 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Yeah! YEAH! Cause it’s a great to win by losing, and we have to teach Scott Brown a lesson by giving Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid even MORE power! YEAHHHHHHHH!

gryphon202 on May 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

+1

We need to elect more conservatives in more conservative states. If our numbers in congress were higher, the votes of Collins, Snowe, and Brown would not bite us in the butt.

El_Terrible on May 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Three other republicans voted yes, but let’s put all the blame on Brown because there wouldn’t be a story otherwise nor anyway to humiliate the ‘conservatives’ who supported Brown.

Skandia Recluse on May 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM

stldave on May 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM

C’mon you redneck, no-nuthin, toothless, gun-clinging, Bible-thumpin hick. You are not qualified to comment on political ‘do-ins in more sophisticated states like, Kalifornia.

And quit using multi-sylab…er words with lots of silab…big words!

Chewy the Lab on May 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM

I feel like wailing and gnashing my teeth. I am a moderate Republican and I remain a moderate Republican. But moderate Republican shouldn’t mean compromise with stupid socialist economics that only harm all of us–like this regulation of banking. It should mean a willingness to involve government to help the most poor with medicine, thinking seriously about the trade-off between economic growth and ecological protection, openness to funding public goods like libraries and parks, and other items that haven’t already been refuted as bad ideas by economic theory. I suppose I should just go ahead and be honest about the appeal of moderate/liberal Republicanism to everyone that I know: a willingness to fight the religious right on social issues. I don’t want to have to pay for decency on social issues with economically stupid votes. And I don’t think for one second that the people who vote for Snowe, Collins, and Brown would be upset by them supporting the economic conservative side of this issue.

thuja on May 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Well this is the kind of moderation that is sinking this country. Moderates who all proclaim they are fiscally conservative and socially liberal are the ones who compromise their positions and give in to the other side. But go fight those “religious right” because their the ones destroying this country….(sarc)

b1jetmech on May 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Why don’t Collins and Snowe pull an Arlen and be done with it?

They aren’t Republicans. They aren’t conservatives. They are Democrat votes consistently at the ready.

fogw on May 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Yeah! YEAH! Cause it’s a great to win by losing, and we have to teach Scott Brown a lesson by giving Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid even MORE power! YEAHHHHHHHH!

What’s the difference? They got what they wanted even with him in there. He hasn’t distinguished himself at all from the Dems so the next time he’s up for re-election, the people are going to ask themselves, “why shouldn’t we just vote for a Democrat since there isn’t much difference anyway?” The problem is you’re thinking short-term. We all know these big govt policies will blow up eventually. If they want Leftist policies in Massachusetts, let them elect a Leftist and let the Leftist have to answer for the failed policies.

RobbBond on May 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Sorry, he’s like an un-trained dog. Mitch McConnell gives him a half-hearted “OOooh bad puppy bad puppy” while Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would have kicked the ++++ of if him. It’s why the Maine twins get away with it for years and explains Lindsay.

Marcus on May 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

The GOP will betray you.

Sorry for being late. Too much red meat and red wine.

True_King on May 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

You ever get the feeling that maybe both parties are in on this together?

RobbBond on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

No…but there are bad apples in every barrel.

b1jetmech on May 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

of course Brown is a coward he’s one of Meghan’s daddy’s little pets

happyfeet on May 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Let’s see…he caved to left-wing pressure, he let Reid guilt him into voting yes, and in exchange he didn’t improve the bill or have any of his concerns addressed? How the hell is that any different than Specter and the RINO twins from Maine caving on Porkulus?

Same sh*t, different RINO…

rcpjr on May 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

“I don’t think it’s a great bill, but it’s a step forward.”

Step forward?! It raises the cost of capital enormously at exactly the wrong time. In addition, it fails to address the three most serious problems with our economic system:

1. Fannie Mae- zip
2. Freddie Mac- zero
3. Community Redevelopment Act- nada

This bill may be worse than O’Care. Wait until someone reads it.

ncjetsfan on May 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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No no no, this is great, really. Brown is going to save us all, just like we were supposed to change the Constitution so Ahnold could run for POTUS.

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Bishop: Change for the Mighty Oak,thats crazy talk,hey
doesn`t Arnold ride a HD!:)

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 10:13 PM

“The fish rots from the head down.” Boss says it every time I wake up to her. (on Fox and Friends)

Marcus on May 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM

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