By a vote of 70-28 Harry Reid's jobs bill passed in the Senate this morning.
"...a $15 billion jobs-creation package today that would provide tax breaks to small businesses that hire workers who have been unemployed for at least 60 days."
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This vote today was made possible by a bi-partisan effort yesterday to move for cloture. GOP Senators Snowe, Collins, Voinovich, Bond and Brown voted to cut off debate on the jobs bill.
Yes, Senator Brown. Senator Scott Brown, the much heralded newest GOP member of the Senate from the very blue state of Massachusetts. The far right wing of the GOP did the predictable - they tweeted and blogged and pundited that Brown had betrayed them. How dare he vote with Democrats. Sure, they expect such action from Snowe and Collins and sometimes from Voinovich - yet, rarely from Bond - and now Brown has joined the "RINO" wing of the party. This simply further proves the utter insanity of those who would label any Republican or conservative one way or another, especially on the weight of a lone vote.
Brown, quoted in The Washington Post said, "I've taken three votes," Brown said with exasperation. "And to say I've sold out any particular party or interest group, I think, is certainly unfair."
Scott Brown was supported by 'conservatives' and those who would be the determiners of who is 'conservative' or Republican, because of his position on Obamacare. He won the support of the voters of Massachusetts because he was a reasonable, common sense alternative to the Kennedy clone running against him on the Democratic ballot. Scott Brown is a New England Republican. He is a true Republican, regardless of what the far right of the party would have you believe is a true Republican. He will continue to vote the way he believes is the best for the residents of his state, which is how it should be.
In just about one month's time, my prediction has proven itself out on Scott Brown. I predicted that very soon the Tea Party voters and those who demand control of the Republican party from the far right would be disappointed in Senator Brown. They do not care about common sense as it relates to a particular district or state. They believe in sweeping generalities and thus lose support from the more pragmatic of the party. And, pragmatic is not another word for RINO. Soon enough even the most stubborn of those who vote Republican will understand that there is no such thing as a RINO - only those who do not understand politics. Or human beings.
And, for that alone, I am grateful to Senator Scott Brown.