Not long ago, Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was elected to the United States Senate and a nation rejoiced, because he was going to drive down to Washington D.C. and become the President of Filibusters. But a funny thing happened yesterday, when Brown decided not to cast the 41st vote, and instead to vote as if he'd like to one day get re-elected to office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
"It's a small step, but it's still a step," Brown told reporters after casting a procedural vote in favor of the Democratic jobs bill, bucking his party leaders and the strategy of opposition they have carried out since President Obama took office.
For Senate Democrats, it was much bigger step. Four Republicans followed Brown's lead, giving the jobs legislation 62 votes, two more than needed to cut off a GOP filibuster.
That was enough to earn Brown the Drudge banner, complete with the demon-red tint of betrayal! And, subsequently, Scott Brown's honeymoon came to an end like all political honeymoons: amid hotheaded recriminations on Twitter. Ken Layne at Wonkette documented the carnage.
Over at Scott Brown's Facebook page, the mood is much the same, probably because David Broder hasn't written a column yet telling America that the jobs in this jobs bill are so much more awesome than the jobs that came before them because they are "bipartisan." Some of Brown's fans are giving him some support, but the lion's share of comments read like "LYING LOW LIFE SCUM HYPOCRITE!" and "What a bummer dude. We didn't need another Olympia Snowe," and "BROWN, YOU JUST REMEMBER YOU DOUCHEBAG...WE ARE WATCHING YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YOU FAILED AT THE FIRST CHANCE...YOU SCUM SUCKING ASS!!! GUESS MY 10-15 HOUR WORK DAYS WILL HELP PAY FOR THIS TOTAL BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!"
Brown was joined in his vote by fellow Republican Senators Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson -- the Coke Classic of being the 41st vote -- voted against cloture.
UPDATE: Alex Pareene has more delightfulness, including a screenshot of the images that Brown's Facebook fans are uploading to his Facebook page, because a picture is worth a thousand words and the ten thousand exclamation points deployed around those words.
Scott Brown Votes For Jobs Bill, Wingnuts Go Nuts On Twitter [Wonkette]
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Jobs Bill VOTE: GOP Filibuster Fails As Scott Brown And Others Break With Party