I know the headline may scare some of you; infuriate many more of you; and cause a fair amount of concern and trepidation for a lot of you, but… rest your weary heart fine people. Its just one vote, and it wasn’t just Collins and Snowe joining forces with the Dems on this one. Senators Kit Bond and George Voinovich voted for cloture on Harry Reid’s $15 billion “jobs bill” as well. So what does this mean? Absolutely nothing… YET. I only comment on this vote – in the fashion which I am commenting on this vote – in the interest of offering a admittedly premature ”I told you so” just in case this is the first of many times Brown finds himself siding with Snowe and Collins.
In fairness, I don’t think that is what this is… What I do think it is though, is a sign that the Republican minority “majority” extends only to the realm of health care reform. I think Scott Brown may be on a very tight self-imposed leash when it comes to party politics. The good or bad of that I will leave you to be the judge of, but on this one I am certainly offering him a pass. Reid shat on the whole bipartisan dream with his proposal in the first place choosing it over that drawn up by BOTH Republicans and Democrats – if you can call it that. I’m not a fan of the federal government thinking it can create, save, or even manage jobs in this great country, but who am I to judge? This whole “New Republican” thing is supposed to be about a big tent anyways… Isn’t it? Forgive me while I am slow to catch up…
My boy Scratcher over at Makes My Brain Itch is a newby to the ranks of the Republican Party. He was recently baptized, and I think he is well on his way to being a Redefined Republican in the truest sense of the word. He’s happy about Brown’s first big vote and could care less about being labeled a RINO. In fact, he’s proud of it, because that’s essentially what he is – A Republican because he has to be. If you’re not familiar with Scratcher’s stuff, you should probably know that he is very much an (i)ndependent in the truest sense of the word. He’s not a fan of labels – conservative, republican, libertarian or otherwise. I think that’s why I kinda like him – even if I am proud to be both a conservative and a Republican. He knows what he is AND what he’s not. I think about 95% of Republicans / conservatives could stand to learn a thing or two from him and folks like him.
As for that whole RINO thing. I’m not the biggest fan of the use of the word/label/insult – whatever you wanna call it. I think its a cheap trick defense mechanism used MOST FREQUENTLY by intellectually bankrupt Republicans when they’re ideologically backed into a corner. That said, there are some fitting occasions for use of the term, and there are certainly a few individuals worthy of the label – Snowe, Collins, McCain… just to name a few.
I’m not calling Brown a RINO just YET. He has to earn that label. I don’t like this vote – not because he broke ranks, but because I don’t think the federal government has any business taking progressive action to “create jobs.” Throw around some payroll tax cuts or real incentives for small businesses to hire, and we can come to the table, but I tend to shut down when people begin believing that a group of disconnected politicians in Washington think throwing money at a bad situation does anything except create more waste.
Allahpundit says “No crying… We Knew this day would come” and drops a comment from retiring Senator Evan Bayh
Brown’s upset victory over a Democrat who held a double-digit lead a week before Massachusetts’ special Senate election last month signaled that voters wanted “more practical problem solving,” Bayh said in an interview Monday on ABC-TV’s “The View.
“Scott Brown is a good example of what I think the ultimate cure might be,” Bayh said. “My read on what happened in Massachusetts is the vast majority of moderates and independents rose up and said enough already.”
That bloom is quickly fading.
For a man who was swept into office based on his self-described distaste for an out-of-control government recklessly spending our money, he is off to a very, VERY bad start.