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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Brown is such a little pussy. Whatever, he’ll probably find his stones when the Republicans win back some seats and the country’s future doesn’t rest on his narrow, weak shoulders.

Daemonocracy on May 20, 2010 at 11:36 PM

What a frikkin’ idiot this clown is.

PD Quig on May 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Dude, (or Dudesse or Dudette,) as they say over at AOS, jib/newsletter, really.

ontherocks on May 20, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Well it is not like this will shock anyone.

Dire Straits on May 20, 2010 at 11:41 PM

He’s an assclown fake conservative…like many that are running because they know the dems are vulnerable…sucks because the media does no research & the bloggers simply copy & follow the media

DCJeff on May 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM

wow, the concern trolls are out in force tonight. I dont think I’ve ever seen so many new screennames here on one post. You guys are not fooling anyone.

you do know that Ted.Kennedy would have made this bill even worse. I actually have read it, and most of the amendments. It’s bad but it can be fixed later when we have the votes. Just don’t expect to get anything for free from your bank anymore. Don’t expect to get anything but a fixed rate mortgage with 20% down and a 650 credit score. Don’t expect to get a loan to start a small business unless you want to get it from the government.

rockmom on May 20, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Got to agree with those posters above who say the only way out of this is to get rid of as many liberals as we can..and..then Obama. The so called rinos will go with the pre-dominant flow as always(Scott Brown is well on his way to becoming living proof of this) so let’s get the flow going in our direction.

jeanie on May 21, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Brown is a wussy Republican, but that is ok… he was strategic at the time and a psychological victory. We knew he was going to be like this, so why worry. All that work by the liberal media to try to place him as a potential presidential candidate is down the drain… no conservatives would vote for him… he would be another McCain type. So kiss that problem away. Good to have all this out in the open now so we don’t put him in the conservative column.

PhilipJames on May 21, 2010 at 12:16 AM

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.

I think its becoming quite apparent that ALL politicians lie about their true intentions and give bogus bullshit reasons for their actions. The only way we are going to get control of a government OUT OF CONTROL is to make every office a revolving door. One term and out, until the people that want to represent US, represent us and not their petty self-centered political career.

belad on May 21, 2010 at 12:26 AM

The case against Democrat pushed financial “reform” isn’t difficult to make. Like the Obamacare bill, a problem becomes a “crisis”, becomes a government fix, which becomes a bigger problem, and so on.

Republicans still don’t get it. Government is the problem. Much of what ails this society is imposed by Washington either by design (EPA, soon H&HS) or neglect (border defense).

exdeadhead on May 21, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Brown told reporters that he had in fact given Reid his word…

I didn’t know that Harry Reid was a constituent of Brown’s. Am I missing something here?

drunyan8315 on May 21, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Scott, we hardly knew ye. Would not have wanted to, actually – it’s the smell, you know?

drunyan8315 on May 21, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Brown is just another politician pos who has no political principles save the ones related to the perpetuation of his own career. His first duty is to himself, not the American people he’s supposed to be serving.

There are very few politicians left who are willing to stand up for solid principles regardless of what it might do to their career. That is why I’m a conservative libertarian. America will continue to circle the drain unless these bastards have their powers stripped to the bone.

Sharke on May 21, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Why didn’t they call it what it is? Another bailout for big banks. Among other things.
How much crappy legislation can congress put out in 2 years?

jdkchem on May 21, 2010 at 12:51 AM

I am having a problem piecing this together…the largest drop in stocks in a year…double digit unemployment, that is rising…and a democrat president who passes trillion dollar budget breakers, and raises taxes, record un-approval ratings…there seems to be a common thread, what is it?

right2bright on May 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM

right2bright on May 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM

I know what you are saying..you can’t even drink enough to make sense out of it.

Dire Straits on May 21, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Don’t expect to get a loan to start a small business unless you want to get it from the government.

Isn’t that the point?

oldleprechaun on May 21, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Ha! You guys remember when that idiot Glenn Beck told us NOT to expect Brown to be the conservative messiah? Ha ha hee hee
what a goober beck is!!!!

Oh….
Wait….

-Wasteland Man

WastelandMan on May 21, 2010 at 1:41 AM

With all due respect, it’s not the people’s seat, it’s Harry Reid’s seat.

Saltysam on May 21, 2010 at 1:41 AM

More upset about the thought of him caving to Reid more than supporting the bill. He is a blue state republican, not a conservative. He can help the republicans in the future, but we should know that all republicans are not conservative. Dont get the two mixed up. Stay strong to your convictions Scott!

WyoMike on May 21, 2010 at 2:14 AM

Hmmmm.

“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 didn’t vote for him. I didn’t send him money. Why?

Because he is at best a moderate and at worst a liberal.

If Brown’s behavior surprises you then you are an ass-clown.

memomachine on May 21, 2010 at 2:46 AM

Hmmm.

@ rockmom

“you do know that Ted.Kennedy would have made this bill even worse. I actually have read it, and most of the amendments. It’s bad but it can be fixed later when we have the votes.”

Nobody was voting for Ted Kennedy. They were however voting for a Republican. More fool them.

“fixed later”? With Obama still holding the veto?

memomachine on May 21, 2010 at 2:49 AM

I blame myself for not calling and writing Senators like I did against ObamaCare. I should have. The CFPA prohibiting payment installations of 4 or more without federal approval, and the 90% company resolution Treasury loans have me very frightened.

I’m not angry with Brown. He stalled this mess for a little while. He’s far superior to a Democrat. I’m angry with myself for giving up when I should have kept badgering.

JKahn913 on May 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

I’m inclined to agree with you. I don’t think that the implications of this bill were on too many people’s radar.

What has me scratching my head is why Brown would succumb to pressure from OfA. Did OfA put Brown over the top in winning the MA election or did TEA party efforts? (BTW How does one know if the pressure/calls come from OfA? Is there a way to measure this astroturfing in order for a fiscally conservative politician to know to disregard its influence?)

Any shrewd Republican should know that the word of either Reid or Pelosi is NOT worthy. Those two are not honorable at all.

onlineanalyst on May 21, 2010 at 2:52 AM

What has me scratching my head is why Brown would succumb to pressure from OfA. Did OfA put Brown over the top in winning the MA election or did TEA party efforts? (BTW How does one know if the pressure/calls come from OfA? Is there a way to measure this astroturfing in order for a fiscally conservative politician to know to disregard its influence?)

Any shrewd Republican should know that the word of either Reid or Pelosi is NOT worthy. Those two are not honorable at all.

onlineanalyst on May 21, 2010 at 2:52 AM

I would not assume he bowed to pressure from the OFA. After all, supposedly he pays a lot of attention to the Tea Party too. The OFA is a useful excuse to float, should a smokescreen be needed

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.

MMM-MMM-MMM. Now there is something that floats without a balloon. Either Brown is slow, or he is doing what he wants to do. He need not fear anyman. A U.S. Senator has a life of security and wealth from the day he is elected. Except for motel photos, and drug busts, he is untouchable

Collins, Snowe and Grassley Oh my. Perhaps Brown has found his groove. Nothing new here. Nothing special either, unfortunately.

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?

Not too sure what the question means, but Brown only has to worry if the bill is badly perceived in his State. Right now, the Bill is tanking the markets. If it passes, and the markets do not fly high, then his next conservative opponent will try to make him pay. It all depends on how he spins the jobs market which will be stinking for years to come, unless the WH gets an exorcism

entagor on May 21, 2010 at 3:20 AM

Guess the “Eeyores” were right.

And we really think November is going to bring some kind of salvation to our Republic (oh, and our 401Ks)?

We’re going to be so bound up in the rule of law being implemented by the Socialists that it won’t make any difference which party runs Congress. Because Conservative Citizens will historically support anything because it has an embossed stamp upon it is duly notarized. The elected Republicans will gladly control the massive amounts of money, perqs and power that the Dems garner for the Feds when they are in power…oh, they’ll complain about it, but they’ll never undo the taxation, Socialist programs and so on.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 21, 2010 at 3:27 AM

This bill was always going to pass, in one form or another. As we found out with health deform, when Obama wants to put his stamp on history by doing “big things,” the Chicago thug will not be denied.

It’s a terrible piece of legislation, and Shelby’s floor speech nicely sums up why. Why would Congress want to address the Fannie/Freddie disaster? The Dems want everything in the US to be a GSE, and I fear they are going to get their way. The country is slipping away.

Meredith on May 21, 2010 at 3:58 AM

Now the rest of the country now knows what Massachusetts has known all along…Scott Brown is an opportunistic RINO putz.

SmallGovtGuy on May 21, 2010 at 4:06 AM

Come on, give Brown a break. After all, he got a letter from Harry Reid promising to fix the bill’s deficiencies.

It’s in writing!

/s

BigAlSouth on May 21, 2010 at 6:41 AM

…Like many of the drivers you see in Massachusetts – signal right, turn left.

diogenes on May 21, 2010 at 6:43 AM

To be honest, I think that once the bailout fund in the bill was passed, it was inevitable it would go through. I think both sides wanted it out of the way, one war or another.

Brown never pretended to DeMint. He never said he would be a rubber stamp for the Republicans…and as far as that is concerned Rand Paul himself differs from most of his party when it comes to national security issues and might well not vote with them on those issues.

Brown said he would represent the people of his state, and that is what he did here. But it is still worth having him in there. One of the reasons the Democrats were able to push Obamacare through was that the blue dogs gave them a majority simply by virtue of the Ds behind their names. The more Republicans you have, the more likely it is that conservatives can take control of the agenda. That does not mean every Republican will be a straight party vote, it never meant that.

I heard Limbaugh say that there were actually some good consumer protections in this bill. That does not mean he wanted to give Obama a victory, but I do think that this is not as big a deal as Obamacare or the stimulus package or something like that.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:56 AM

In fact, a conservative Democrat just won in Pa…and I am sure that made Pelosi happy whether he votes with her or not..because the more Ds there are, the more power she has…maybe Republicans need to think about that too. When you elect someone from a state like Mass and he is representative of the population that sent him there, chances are he will not vote like the guy from Texas or Oklahoma on every issue..unless the people of Mass go right.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Hes going to be replaced, didnt take him long to fall into lock step with the bureaurats

Viper1 on May 21, 2010 at 7:00 AM

To be honest, I think that once the bailout fund in the bill was passed, it was inevitable it would go through. I think both sides wanted it out of the way, one war or another.

I said that completely wrong, I meant to say that once the bailout fund in the bill was removed…the overall bill was going to pass.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Hes going to be replaced, didnt take him long to fall into lock step with the bureaurats

Viper1 on May 21, 2010 at 7:00 AM

I am not so sure about that. This is Mass you are talking about here.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM

ahhhhh another dead on arrival…not so dead.

tomas on May 21, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Scott Brown was the kaopectate needed to help stop things up a bit.

The system still needs to be stopped up, permanently.

Vote for Immodium-D candidates that will stop up Congress and end the flow of bills and money from our wallets to the cronies of the system who wish to ‘change’ us and ‘reform’ us into their perfect vision of subservience. Starve this beast from the inside… othewise things get really nasty when it is done from the outside.

ajacksonian on May 21, 2010 at 7:13 AM

diogenes on May 21, 2010 at 6:43 AM

+1

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Scott Brown, get him the truck out of there!

TugboatPhil on May 21, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Remember Mass, he was the best you could expect…He’s yours now.

Mr. Grump on May 21, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Well, he will have to win reelection without my $100. I sent him cash to stop Obamacare and that didnt happen anyway….now he is becoming specter/snowe/collins jr….im done with him.

If he has no ideals or changes them for political purposes he is no better than a Democrat.

alecj on May 21, 2010 at 8:24 AM

What did you really expect? He is from Massachusetts. Nuff said.

volsense on May 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM

He won’t get anymore of my money and please tell me,if you know something is wrong what does it matter if he gets umpteen phone calls from o’bots? ….he’s a dem in R clothing.

ohiobabe on May 21, 2010 at 8:32 AM

They are all dems in R clothing. It is just a matter of when they turn to the dark side.

tomas on May 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Should I give you guys a list of the crazy left-wing amendments that were offered by Democrats and never saw the light of day because they don’t have 60 votes to pass anything they want anymore? If Martha Coakley had been there, this bill would have been pretty much the end of private banking in the United States. Do you have ANY idea what Dick Durbin really wanted in this bill, and didn’t get?

You can thank Scott Brown that you will still have a bank this time next year.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Did he actually say he was beholden to no one. Excuse me, but he is beholden to the people who sent him to DC. He should be thinking of their benefit, not Dingy’s.

Kissmygrits on May 21, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Scott Brown on the Democrats’ proposed “bank tax” which ultimately failed, thanks to opposition from Brown and the rest of the Republicans:

Brown opposes bank tax

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Did Brown read the part where the government has broadened powers to regulate the internet? It’s not what you think you see, it’s whats really there.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/26/AR2010042604335.html

Nalea on May 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Well said.

mwdiver on May 21, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Primary him.

mechkiller_k on May 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Should I give you guys a list of the crazy left-wing amendments that were offered by Democrats and never saw the light of day because they don’t have 60 votes to pass anything they want anymore? If Martha Coakley had been there, this bill would have been pretty much the end of private banking in the United States. Do you have ANY idea what Dick Durbin really wanted in this bill, and didn’t get?

You can thank Scott Brown that you will still have a bank this time next year.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 8:53 AM

There’s always an excuse.

The Federal Reserve has a monopoly on banking and on our money, you haven’t had a free market in banking for decades.

True_King on May 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Pathetic. Nothing good it seems can come from Massachusetts politically.

Hening on May 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Just maybe someday if the Rep return to their Conservative roots and gain more seats.Them we could tell people like brown,snowe ,Collins and the rest of these RINOS to take a walk we no longer need you.

thmcbb on May 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Honeymoon=over.

@ntif@n on May 21, 2010 at 9:41 AM

This is no surprise. He has been in Washington for several months now and I think everyone knew that he was a RINO from things he has said. He just used the republican party and health care to get elected, he certainly doesn’t care about the country. This vote proves it.

pwb on May 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

We’re stuck with brown for now and as many above said he will go with the flow!
We are not stuck with the pathetic panderer McCain!
Do something about HIM AZ!

dhunter on May 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Give Brown a break. Does anyone really question that Mass. voters support that bill?

Recent elections show that voters are demanding that their legislators act in the State’s interest, not however the party brass demands.

All that said, I agree that it is disappointing that Brown made demands and then caved without seeing them met. Rookie mistake?

EconomicNeocon on May 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Why isn’t anyone pissed at Chuck Grassley? He was actually the deciding vote for cloture, not Scott Brown.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

We’re stuck with brown for now and as many above said he will go with the flow!
We are not stuck with the pathetic panderer McCain!
Do something about HIM AZ!

dhunter on May 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

McCain voted against this bill, and offered many amendments that forced the Democrats to take embarrassing votes, including one that would have ordered the closing of Fannie mae and Freddie Mac within two years. We now have all the House and Senate Democrats on record voting to do nothing about Fannie and Freddie, while they continue to bleed the taxpayers and screw up the mortgage market.

Not sure what your beef is here.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 9:52 AM

All that said, I agree that it is disappointing that Brown made demands and then caved without seeing them met. Rookie mistake?

EconomicNeocon on May 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

The bill is going to a traditional conference committee now, and the conference report needs 60 votes to pass the Senate. If Brown’s issue isn’t fixed he can still stop the final bill from passing.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Truck, meet cliff…

ProudPalinFan on May 21, 2010 at 9:55 AM

surely noone thought Brown was anything other than a rino did they? geez… people you’re not listening or thinking… and Rand Paul??? puhlease… the nut doesn’t fall from the tree.. you will be disappointed i guarantee it.. you better watch out.. you better not cry.. and don’t be so damn desperate… this is going to take a lot of time to get good people in those seats.. it will happen IF you think and listen

hogtrashhd on May 21, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Since when did it become a conservative/Republican issue to continue the unlimited bailouts of banks? Since when is it conservative to allow federally-insured banks to play Russian roulette with their depositors’ money?

You guys really don’t understand financial markets at all. The big players are ALWAYS gaming the system to maximize profits. Even the little players like mortgage brokers made massive amounts of dirty money in this housing boom selling mortgages with fake appraisals, bogus incomes, and artifically jacked up prices. Something HAD to be done about this. I guarantee you there would have been a big reform bill even if the republicans still controlled Congress. It would have done some things diferrently, especially in taking on Fannie and Freddie and not creating a new consumer protection agency, but a lot of what is in this bill would have been done by Republicans.

Remember, a Republican Congress and President gave us Sarbanes-Oxley. You can bitch about that all you want, but when Enron and WorldCom imploded, something had to be done. And it would have been a hell of a lot worse if it had been Sarbanes-Frank, I can tell you that!

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Why are my comments disappearing today??????

%^&**^$%#@@#^**

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM

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

I bet The Won put in every office a WORKING direct line red phone, ykwim? ;)

ProudPalinFan on May 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM

brown ran as a fiscal conservative.
so far he’s voted as a real rino.
arlen specter’s replacement.

someone should he a hold of him and shake some
fiscal conservative sense into him.

buyer’s remorse (I contributed to his campaign).

jimmer on May 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Did he pass the bill to find out what’s in it? I have the bill in front of me and am finding many reasons to question it.

I still firmly believe that those we sent to D.C. should sit on their hands and not do anything unless we tell them to do something which is in their area of responsibility.

We send them to D.C. to represent U.S. not repress U.S.

MSGTAS on May 21, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Scott Brown was probably worth the initial investment. He took away the 60th vote, and that was the “Kennedy seat” to boot. As rockmom noted, the lack of that vote stopped the worst Dem amendments.

Whether he is worth a continuing investment is another matter. If he wants money and support outside his state (or within his state, if there are any conservatives in MA), he will have to present a case for it in his fundraising appeals and appeals for manpower and votes.

Wethal on May 21, 2010 at 10:17 AM

In fact, a conservative Democrat just won in Pa…

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Uh..could you provide some more insight as to why the PA-12 dem is a conservative, other than his campaign saying that he is. I can say that I am wealthier than Warren Buffett, as long as I don’t have to show any assets to back up the claim. I would like to see a little more verification that he is a conservative.

belad on May 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Why isn’t anyone pissed at Chuck Grassley? He was actually the deciding vote for cloture, not Scott Brown.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Good point!!! Grassley is usually a reliable conservative, although Iowa’s other senator (Harkin) is as lefty as they come. Grassley is up for re-election this year–did somebody sweeten the pot for Iowa to get Grassley’s vote?

Since the cloture motion got 39 No votes, and 4 Republicans voted Yes, that means two Democrats must have voted No as well. If all but two of the Republicans had voted No, the filibuster would have been sustained. We can’t blame this ONLY on Brown, and half the blame is plainly in Maine.

Steve Z on May 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Grassley is up for re-election this year–

That explains it.

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Heh heh. What, no more ‘Brown 2012′ signs? Gosh, didn’t see this coming a mile away. GOP will never learn. Like playing peekaboo with the baby. This is why you don’t get excited about GOP moderates. Ever. He took Kennedy’s seat. That’s all he is good for. The Democrats took it in the shorts. That’s it. Appreciate him for that. Actually expecting him to be useful? He’s a f**king northeastern liberal Republican. Which is to say, pretty much useless to normal people. Note to Romney supporters, this is why your guy will never win.

austinnelly on May 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

This is MA we’re talking abt here.
The fickle people of the liberal East Coast have chosen their man.
They could have brought someone else forward, but evidently this is what you find in MA when you dig around.
The comparison of Brown to Coakley is like this:
hor$hit to pig $hit.
Now I find hor$ehit to he much more agreeable in smell & texture than pig$hit.
In fact, there are times when the smell of hor$hit from a horse that’s been grazing on sweet early green grass is almost a pleasant smell.
Since pigs are garbage disposals, their $hit stinks ALL the time.
Brown = horse$hit
Coakley = pig $hit
Given nothing else to choose, but being forced to make a choice, I would choose horse$hit over pig $hit, hands down.
But it’s still nasty stuff when you step in it.

Badger40 on May 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

My spelling’s awful, but you get the idea.

Badger40 on May 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Ha! You guys remember when that idiot Glenn Beck told us NOT to expect Brown to be the conservative messiah? Ha ha hee hee
what a goober beck is!!!!

Oh….
Wait….

-Wasteland Man

WastelandMan on May 21, 2010 at 1:41 AM

+1 Wasterland….I was just going to post that all those here on HA that were bashing Glenn Beck for his feeling about Brown need to apologize in spades!

This is a BAD bill. The “consumer protection” portion of it alone is so draconian that it would make George Orwell blush. As I understand it, the federal government now has the legal capacity to track and record EVERY financial transaction of its citizens without a warrant. That is every time you use a credit card, your ATM, when you buy or sell a car, or use your debit card to buy a gallon of milk for the kids!!! (I believe this is to set up a 1% transaction tax)
.
GOOD JOB SCOTT BROWN! I knew he was a “moderate” but this was bad. Then to say “Harry Reid promissed…..”, what a laugh. He’s an embarrassment.

JeffVader on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Just another self-serving, arrogant, politictian. He won’t last long. We will clean his clock, as well. Moron.

ultracon on May 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

In fact, a conservative Democrat just won in Pa…

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Can’t be true … those animals became extinct long ago.

HondaV65 on May 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Moderate Republicans, the gift that keeps on giving…to Democrats.

Let’ all hope that Romney doesn’t win the GOP nomination- the last thing America needs right now is a moderate Republican who doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to Democrats and repeal Obamacare.

Jay Mac on May 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM

He just made himself a one termer. After all, why have a faux Democrat when a real one will do??

EasyEight on May 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

If Brown ever votes for shamnesty, to weaken our military strength, or for cap & scam, then I’ll bail on him. What nobody seems to realize is he is much better than any alternative for Senator from Massachusetts.

Brown 2012

Still WAY better than Marcia “being illegal is not illegal in Massachusetts” Choakley

- from a Mass Conservative

shanimal on May 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Hmmmm.

1. rino = rino = rino = rino = rino

or

rino + (rino * rino) = rino

There’s a meme in there somewhere but I just can’t put my finger on it.

2. I’m happy I didn’t bother sending him any money. So I can rest easy knowing that he didn’t cost me money upfront but will be costing me boatloads of cash during his, hopefully, short career.

Well that makes it better.

memomachine on May 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Don’t expect to get anything but a fixed rate mortgage with 20% down and a 650 credit score.

This is actually not a bad idea. Will it apply to Freddie and Fannie as well?

NoLeftTurn on May 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM

All the euphoria over Brown’s election was really unfounded. It hasn’t bought us much at all. Just another claim of bipartisanship for the libs. It didn’t stop Obamacare and is not going to stop anything the One really cares about.
The historic, greatest man ever, who “steped down” into the job of POTUS will not be denied.

neuquenguy on May 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Don’t expect to get anything but a fixed rate mortgage with 20% down and a 650 credit score.

Irrelevant anyway, we’ll all soon be on gevernment housing,

neuquenguy on May 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Irrelevant anyway, we’ll all soon be on gevernment housing,

neuquenguy on May 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

They’ll have to come take mine away from me then; I own it outright. And they’ll have to get past all the artillery guarding the doorway.

NoLeftTurn on May 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

It’s official Scott Brown SUCKS! A MAJOR TOOLBAG!

MCGIRV on May 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Definately a “primary-worthy sin”. We need to come up with a candidate worthy of replacing him. We did know going in he was not principaled (R). Now that we defeated the (d) lets defeat the squishy (R).

lwssdd on May 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM

AP I hope you apologize for misjudging Brown when the bill comes out of Conf Cmte toothless and probusiness

Frank and Dodd were walking back derivatives and Volcker all day yesterday..

and the beat goes on:
see here:
senatus

Sen. Warner indicates to @mitchellreports that some changes to derivative language in FinReg likely in conference.

ginaswo on May 21, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I not sending him any more money.

CCRWM on May 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Quote of the day:

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the recruiting and fundraising arm for House Democrats — on Thursday said that Republican attempts to portray Mr. Critz as lockstep Democrat tethered to the White House failed miserably.

“Republicans tried to make [Mr. Obama] an issue. We know that from the campaign ads that they ran, and I think the message of the vote was that people were focused on the economic agenda, and the president’s economic agenda has helped get the economy out of the ditch,” Mr. Van Hollen said.

And into the Grand Canyon.

dthorny on May 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Irrelevant anyway, we’ll all soon be on gevernment housing,

neuquenguy on May 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Well that won’t happen in Dickinson,ND.
Stark co. has a govt voucher system.
Very few rental companies participate in it bcs of the hassles.
My daughter is trying to find a place & can’t.
She looked to low-income housing. Nothing there.
But that’s the oil fields for you.

Badger40 on May 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

He just made himself a one termerlifetime appointment. After all, why have having a faux Democrat when a works just as well as a real one! will do??

Sweet_Thang on May 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I heard Brown on a local talk show bragging about how this bill is good for Massachusetts companies such as mAssMutual and inFidelity.

He also spoke of working with JFK (john Heinz-Carry) and Bawney Fwank in a bi-partisan effort.

Brown has apparently re-tooled his “political” orientation.

Looks like another Trojan Horse’s ass invading from within…another effing vote for tyranny.

Sweet_Thang on May 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM

What a shock.

A politician from MA voting for bigger government.

Didn’t see that coming at all.

Bleed_thelizard on May 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Scott will “specter”….we were conned again.

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RUSH: We’ve got the financial reform bill that passed the Senate. You know what this is like, folks? This is nonsensical. Nobody even knows what it means yet because the Congress here has surrendered all kinds of regulatory power to the executive branch. The Treasury secretary and the Federal Reserve get to write the rules here. There aren’t really any specific rules in the financial reform bill. We don’t know what it’s going to be. It’s whatever who’s running the show wants it to be. This is one of the reasons the market was down 376 points yesterday.

So we have the same people who have been saying for who knows how long, “You know, we gotta stop these cycles.” Obama said, “We gotta stop these cycles, take risk out of it.” The same people who have caused the cycles keep doing the same things over and over that repeat the cycles — and these are “the smart people;” the quasi, the so-called smart people. State aid, unemployment, and shovel-themed investments now. It didn’t work the last time so Democrats want to do it again, and then they’re gonna add on the doctor fix to this. “On the spending side, the biggest single cost factor in the bill is the decision to devote close to $65 billion during the next 3½ years to try to stabilize Medicare reimbursements to physicians.” Now, as we pointed out in a Morning Update, it isn’t a panacea for the doctors. Whatever the new figure is is frozen in time.

It’s the same figure they get for five straight years. Now, we’re cutting. By definition to the Democrats, that’s a cut. So we don’t have the money. We do not have this money! Here are the specifics on the expanded benefits for the unemployed: “People who are out of work for long stretches would get expanded unemployment benefits through the end of the year under a bill the Democrats plan to pass next week. The bill would also extend, for a year, about 50 popular tax cuts that expired in January…” What tax cuts? “That expired.” Expired, “not will” expire, but “expired in January.” “The bill would be paid for, in part, by tax increases on investment managers and some U.S.-based multinational companies. In response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the bill would increase taxes on oil companies by $10.9 billion over the next decade to finance the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

“Unemployment benefits for many will start to run out June 2, unless Congress acts. The bill would extend unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks in many states, at a cost of $47 billion.” Money we do not have. By the way, this happens to extend these unemployment benefits through the election. “Through the end of the year” means “through the election.” We know that this does nothing to inspire people to go out and look for work. We’ve read you the sad stories of people who say, “You know what? I’m not going to take that job. Why go to the trouble of heading it up and drive to work and pay parking and all? No, I’ll just sit here and accept my unemployment checks. Yeah, call back in six weeks. Maybe when the benefits run out at some point for me then maybe I’ll be interested but I’m not going to start looking for a job until my unemployment benefits run out.” The problem is when they run out, here comes Obama to the rescue.

They’re never going to run out! Now, I have to ask a question again. We’re a year and a half in for all intents and purposes. We’ve spent $700 billion on TARP, the Toxic Asset Relief Program. We’ve purchased General Motors and Chrysler. We have spent close to a trillion dollars “creating jobs.” None of it has worked, from our perspective. There is no good economic news. Jobless numbers are up again as of yesterday. It hasn’t worked. Nothing that Obama is doing is working, from the standpoint of it being good for the country. Our foreign policy is such a joke now that Turkey, Brazil, Russia, China, and Iran are laughing at us. Just yesterday Ahmadinejad said, “Oh, yeah. We could destroy Israel inside of a week. Oh, yeah,” and the response is, “You better not! Why, we might do sanctions on you. You better not.”

I hear many people in media say, as they report these kinds of stories, “I’m not going to get into motive. That’s for the kooks. I’m just reporting facts.” The motive, my friends, you have to understand it if you’re gonna understand the depths to which we could plunge. Because this is not naivete, this is not accidental. This is not a bunch of theoreticians who are saying, “Just give us time. Just give us time. We know this will work. Our professors all our lives told us this.” The things that are being done to this country are not being done to help it. The talk surrounding all these things is to convince people that the programs are great. To say that this is worse than Jimmy Carter’s presidency — yes, it is worse, but — that doesn’t even come close to describing what we’re experiencing. Jimmy Carter was a bumbling, stumbling fool. These people are bumbling, stumbling fools, but they know exactly what they’re doing. That’s the scary thing. They know exactly what they’re doing. They know we don’t have any money. They know that they’re not creating jobs. They know that extending unemployment benefits is not going to do anything toward job creation. They know that they are not providing incentives for small business and corporations to create jobs. They know all this.
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RUSH: Harry Reid, Dingy Harry commenting, ladies and gentlemen, on the passage in the Senate of the financial regulatory reform bill: “Simply, the American people are saying, ‘you’ve got to protect us,’ and we didn’t back down from that,” said Senator Reid. “When this bill becomes law, the joyride on Wall Street will come to a screeching halt,” and in a way he probably doesn’t intend, he’s probably right. This financial regulatory reform law has a good chance of driving a lot of businesses out of this country, which means driving capital out of this country. The Democrats like Dick Durbin, Illinois, say, “This bill hearkens back to FDR. This is what FDR did. It’s the same kind of extraordinarily, wonderful, miraculous measures that FDR took after the stock market crash of 1929.”

He’s probably right, too, and what happened there was that the Depression was extended for 15 years because of what FDR did — and, you know, the Depression has two components to it. The second component of the Great Depression staggered starting in 1929 was a collapse of European markets, a collapse of European countries’ economies. It wasn’t just the stock market crash here. That was the first segment of the two segments. You can see it on a chart and a graph. The Great Depression had its life extended by virtue of the legislation Durbin’s referring to here that FDR imposed on banks and financial institutions, coupled with a collapse in Europe. It is eerie; it is eerie. And back then, FDR and everybody said, “We gotta do this to prevent another crash. We have to do this to prevent another stock market crash! We can’t keep having these crashes. We’ve got to stop this.”

So we keep doing it! The same type of people who believe the same kinds of things keep implementing the same kinds of policies, claiming that we gotta stop what’s happening. They’re the ones causing it! Now it’s gone global. Now we got the UN and European people talking about a global tax on banks and so forth. It wasn’t enough, ladies and gentlemen, to take measures to make the United States appear to be rock solid. No, no, no, no! Now we gotta extend this around the world. We’re bailing out Europe. The German parliament today is voting for another trillion dollars. It isn’t working, it never has worked — and yet “the smart people,” the elitists keep doing the same things over and over again. They tell us, “Well, it may not have worked in the past, but that’s ’cause the wrong people were implementing the ideas. We’re now the right people.

“Finally! We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. Now the truly smart people are in charge, and it’s going to be fair. Everything’s going to be fair. We’re going to end unfairness. We’re going to end inequality in economic matters,” and it’s going to be a disaster. This legislation is not going to stop any financial scams. What it will do is allow more government benefits to be showered on favorite financial firms who make the right political contributions. That’s the idea of this. As I look at this, I’m really stunned. People go to Washington to have power. That’s what they’re there for: To spend money, to get reelected. Yet, this financial regulatory reform bill is authored by one of the architects of the current financial malaise we are in: Chris Dodd! And Chris Dodd and Barney Frank are having a joint press conference today celebrating this? These are the people that caused this, particularly the some pride mortgage crisis.

They know nothing more about what they’re doing than if you were called up there to fix the financial system. You probably know more than they do because you’re probably more oriented toward free-market fixes rather than government-control fixes. So what’s going to happen here? They have surrendered power. Members of Congress have turned over the actual lawmaking or the rule-writing for this bill to executive branch officials: Treasury secretary, Federal Reserve. And everybody says, “Well, we’re going to end ‘too big to fail.’” No, it’s just the exact opposite. They’re going to have the authority and the power to bail out whoever they want based on political considerations. This is a huge amalgamation of power in the executive branch, but it’s been surrendered to them by Democrats in Congress. Somebody’s going to have to explain this to me. I have my own theories that the agenda of “changing this country and making it right for once” is a bigger idea, more important thing to do than holding onto individual little fiefdoms of power.
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RUSH: Outside the White House, Barney Frank, Banking Queen, had a press conference with Chris Dodd after meeting with Obama about financial regulation reform, and this is what Barney Frank said.

FRANK: In addition to putting rules in place, we’ve empowered the regulators going forward — in fact, we have instructed the regulators going forward — and given them principles so that they will be able to deal with new phenomena. This is not a — a static bill. This is a framework that allows for appropriate, innovative regulation going forward.

(playing Banking Queen parody song)

RUSH: It’s exactly what I told you. The regulators, executive branch people, they can do whatever they want! They set the rules in this. It’s just a “framework…appropriate, innovative regulation” to destroy whoever they want to destroy.

nondhimmie on May 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Brown ever votes for shamnesty, to weaken our military strength, or for cap & scam, then I’ll bail on him. What nobody seems to realize is he is much better than any alternative for Senator from Massachusetts.

Brown 2012

Still WAY better than Marcia “being illegal is not illegal in Massachusetts” Choakley

- from a Mass Conservative

shanimal on May 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Sadly you are right and more sad is that Conservatives (yet again) get shafted having to choose between the proverbial “lesser of two evils”!

*vomit*

cableguy615 on May 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Anybody read the bill?

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

So, if the Republican Party does not make gains in the 2010 elections, Any bets that Brown switches parties before his re-election. But then again, if the Republicans don’t make significant gains in 2010, it really won’t matter, will it?!?

JeffVader on May 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM

For God’s sake, Maine Republicans-vote out Snowe and Collins in the primaries when they come up again! Even if it’s two more RINOs, at least put a revolving door on ‘em so they don’t stay in DC too long.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

This is Liberal Taxachusetts we are talking about, of course.

Brown has the typical Northeastern politician’s case of Collins-Snowe Syndrome aka Highest Bidder-itis. Brown should surprise no-one by being an opportunist yet he remains the better choice compared to Croakley and the closest thing to helping someday end the Kennedy stranglehold. It will probably be easier to replace Brown with a limited government type further down the line than it would be to replace part of the Kennedy racket had one been elected to replace Chappy.

viking01 on May 21, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Disappointing. He falls for the same kind of “promises” High School guys make to gullible girls in the back seat of the car…with the same results.

opaobie on May 21, 2010 at 11:48 PM

And like I said before his election,…..something isn’t RIGHT about Scott Brown!
His stand w/abortion pretty much sums up all you needed to know,…CONSERVATIVES/REPUBLICANS are for LIFE!
Scott Brown is his own man,…NOT the people’s man.

christene on May 22, 2010 at 12:42 AM

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