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Yesterday, Scott Brown announced he would vote against the Democrats’ thinly veiled attempt to influence the midterm elections in the name of the Disclose Act. John Kerry, the Fredo Corleone of the Massachusetts Senate delegation, begged the Tea Party and GOP to go along with the scam.
“In the year of the Tea Party, when the Tea Party is asking for accountability and the Tea Party is asking for sunshine and they want reform, I’d like to hear the Tea Party stand up today and say, ‘Republicans ought to vote overwhelmingly to have sunshine shine in on the funding process of our campaigns,’” Kerry said in a speech on the Senate floor. “I would think that the Tea Party ought to be excoriated over the notion that a corporation has been given the same rights as the Constitution gives to an individual.”
Senator Scott Brown criticized the bill, and Democrats for trying to move forward with it.
“Americans, especially those looking for work, want this Congress and this administration focused on job creation and getting the economy back on track,” the Massachusetts Republican said in a statement. “Putting people back to work should be our number one priority, not pushing through a wildly unpopular campaign bill that gives a tactical advantage to the majority party in future elections.”
Poor Fredo. Michael has spoken. Now go entertain some of your senator friends in Cuba.
Update: Disclose Is Dead…for now. Even the Maine Twins saw this bill for what it is.
Karma’s a bitch, Lurch.
US Senator Scott Brown, who only months ago was a little-known figure even within the tiny band of Republicans in the state Senate, not only catapulted to national stature with his upset US Senate victory, but is today the most popular officeholder in Massachusetts, according to a Boston Globe poll.
After less than five months in Washington, Brown outpolls such Democratic stalwarts as President Obama and US Senator John F. Kerry in popularity, the poll indicates. He gets high marks not only from Republicans, but even a plurality of Democrats views him favorably.
The support for Brown, whose victory became a symbol of voter anger, is consistent with widespread sentiment that incumbents in Massachusetts and Washington “need to be replaced with a new crop of leaders.’’ That statement was supported by 50 percent of those polled, while 28 percent said they trust the incumbents.
Kerry = Fredo.
That sound you hear? Democrat heads ‘sploding.
The Senate voted 57-41 Monday night to proceed to a financial regulatory reform measure, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure.
My Congressman, John Tierney – D, 6th District, is once again hiding from his constituents and hosting a telephone town hall next week to defend his yes vote on ObamaCare.
PEABODY — Congressman John Tierney is hosting two telephone town hall meetings Tuesday to talk about the recently enacted reform of the nation’s health care system.
He will also provide constituents with a general legislative update during conference calls that are scheduled to begin at 4 and 5:15 p.m.
Those interested can register at tierney.house.gov. Registration will close at 10 a.m. Monday.
The last time the Salem Democrat discussed health care over the phone, more than 32,000 people participated in two calls at the end of last summer.
I saw Tierney leaving a Marsha Coakley “rally” in Gloucester back in January. The horrified look on his face when confronted with a swarm of Brown supporters may explain why he doesn’t want to do a town hall in person. Or perhaps he was simply taken aback when I announced him to the crowd as my future EX Congressman. Whatever the reason, I still suggest you register to have a chit chat with John Boy next week.
This is rich. The rumor that Maddow is so offended over was started by a Tweet from the MA Democratic party chairman and furthered by a liberal talk radio host.
“The idea that the Democrats are to blame for this doesn’t even make sense. It’s ridiculous,” Maddow told the Herald yesterday. “Scott Brown made this up in order to make money off my name and likeness and I think he should stop. And I think he should apologize.”
Maddow, who lives in western Massachusetts, called Brown a “creep” in a planned MSNBC newspaper ad scheduled to run today and slammed him for sending out a nationwide fund-raising letter this week “smearing me to raise money for himself.”
However, the rumor sprang from a Facebook page launched by a liberal Northhampton radio host, was fueled by a mysterious tweet from the state Democratic party chairman and got pumped up as recently as Wednesday by the state’s Democratic governor.
Maddow is offended that Brown used the potential match-up for fund-raising. So what does the failed Air America turned MSNBC host do? She takes out a full-page ad to denounce him while promoting her unwatchable show.
Typical liberal. Playing the victim while doing the same thing you accuse your foes of.
And Rachel dear, I wouldn’t worry too much about Scott Brown making money off of your likeness.
Jonah Goldberg’s take on the frenzied final push for ObamaCare:
The time for talk is over.
So proclaimed the most talkative president in modern memory. I can’t remember when Barack Obama said that. Maybe it was during the first “final showdown” on health care. Or maybe it was the third. The fifth? It’s so hard to tell when pretty much every week since the dawn of the Mesozoic Era, Obama or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid has proclaimed that it is now Go Time for health-care reform.
So you’ll forgive me if I’m somewhat skeptical about the possibility that the health-care reform debate is about to come to an end.
The president recently said, “Everything there is to say about health care has been said, and just about everybody has said it.”
But wait. If everything, pro and con, has been said about the subject, by everybody, that means someone isn’t telling the truth, right?
As of yesterday, the House vote counter admitted that the votes still are not there while Dough Boy Gibbs declared ObamaCare will be law by next Sunday’s morning news shows.
Keep the heat up on the Blue Dogs. Remind them that Scott Brown received donations and volunteer support from across the country and, for many, their sole motivation was to kill ObamaCare. If they vote for this, the same people’s sole motivation will be to elect Republicans to repeal it.
Contact list of Blue Dog Democrats.
Senator Brown made the comments in the Republican response to Obama’s weekly radio address.
Some other highlights:
“When the people of my state elected me in January, they sent more than a senator to Washington, they sent a message. Across party lines, the voters told politicians in Washington to get its priorities right.”
“The president has tried to convince us that what he is proposing will be good for America. But how can it be good for America if it raises taxes by half a trillion dollars and costs a trillion dollars more to implement,” asked Brown.
“Speaker Pelosi and others are handing down their marching orders, telling them to vote for this bill no matter what. Rarely have elected leaders been so intent on defying the public will,”
“What’s going on is a last, desperate power play…If my colleagues don’t mind some advice from a newcomer, I’d suggest going with the will of the people.”
There will be many Scott Browns elected in November if the Democrats continue on this path.
Their beef? Brown was appointed to committees that are tasked with defending our country from people who want to kill us and supporting the veterans who have sacrificed life and limb keeping us safe – as opposed to committees that give away free stuff.
This is good news, of course, for the state’s many defense contractors, and there’s no questioning the importance of these assignments. Brown, a former army JAG lawyer, will have a chance to build on his knowledge of defense-related issues and, over time, play a substantial role in foreign policy.
The problem is that his fellow Massachusetts senator, John Kerry, is already exerting maximum clout on foreign policy as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, meaning that the state’s Senate delegation is tilting too far overseas. Kerry’s specialty in foreign policy worked well when he was partnered with Edward Kennedy, who was the leading domestic-policy legislator of his time. From his perch on what is now called the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Kennedy influenced much of social policy for the last half-century. He also tended assiduously to Massachusetts’ giant health-care industry, directing billions of federal dollars a year to local hospitals and laboratories.
Yeah, that John Kerry is a powerhouse of accomplishments in the foreign policy arena. I wonder if they include faux covert missions to Cambodia in their list?
The Globe can’t stand the fact that Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley and that Massachusetts is at long last being represented by someone who understands the very real threats our country faces and the need for a strong national security policy.
To borrow a phrase from their Messiah, Barack Obama. Sorry, but we won.
It appears as though Evan Bayh isn’t buying the jobs saved or created BS coming from the White House, either.
Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is retiring, but he’s not the retiring type, ridiculing congressional job creation efforts on “The Early Show.”
“If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months,” Bayh said.
You may recall Scott Brown making the same claim during his swearing-in news presser which brought on cries of foul from the White House, lefty bloggers and the MSM. As with Bayh, Brown was referring to private sector jobs – not hacks whose jobs were “saved” with stimulus cash.
Bayh has left Democrats in a major pickle and now they are out for blood.
“It is hard to stomach lectures from Sen. Bayh on Jobs. For most Americans, if they were as unproductive in their jobs as Bayh has been in his, they wouldn’t have the luxury of quitting — they would be fired.”
Bitter much? Pass the popcorn!
Maybe he took a look at his poll numbers and saw a steep uphill climb. Maybe he didn’t think Scott Brown’s election was such a joke after all. Or maybe, just maybe, he never really wanted to hold public office but was never given a choice by his father. Whatever the reason, unless a Kennedy cousin throws their rat in the ring, 2011 will mark the first time that not a single Kennedy will be serving in Congress.
Bringing down the curtain – at least for now – on Camelot and one of the most storied political dynasties in the nation’s history, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, says he is not running for re-election.
In a taped message intended for broadcast Sunday night and obtained by the Herald, the R.I. Democrat, looking haggard and speaking directly into the camera, said it was time to leave Congress after 16 years.
Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!
Update 02/12/10: Endangered in Mass pointed out my typo in the first paragraph, but since rat is a good description of many Kennedys, I’m letting it stand.