OK. It seems everyones’ panties are in a wad over Scott Brown voting in favor of the $15 billion jobs bill in the Senate on Monday. Allow us a moment to offer our own blistering critique to this obvious sellout as it appears we’ve been duped yet again by another RINO: People, relax.
This was one vote on a miniscule $15 billion package that everyone… everyone, Democrats and Republicans included, knew wouldn’t do jack squat about actually increasing the number of jobs and which everyone recognized was merely a bone-throw to the electorate to demostrate that Congress is not nearly as dysfunctional as they really are. Do we wish he voted against it? Of course, but we sort of see the logic. He ran as an independent under the (R) flag and was presented an early opportunity to prove it to his constituents back home on an inconsequential bill. "No harm, no foul" as the late great Chick Hearn would say.
We forgot exactly how he phrased it but Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said something along the lines that one’s conservative chops are dependent somewhat on locale. He’s right. To wit, if Brown cast this “yes” vote from a red state like Georgia, that truly would’ve been news. But Brown is from deep blue Massachusetts so it would be totally unrealistic to think he’s going to vote like Sam Nunn all the time.
And that’s why these purity and litmus tests are so ridiculous and ultimately counterproductive. To pigeonhole people in this manner is a huge mistake.
His votes on cap and trade, health care reform and those on legislation like it will prove Scott Brown’s conservative mettle.
Hopefully, this yes vote does not portend worse things to come but let’s keep our eye on the big picture. We have no problem with Scott Brown voting yes on a $15 billion photo op.