As you know by now, Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) decided to lend his vote to the Senate jobs bill and ever since the bloom is off Brown's rose like so much of his clothing.
Brown's Facebook page was assaulted overnight by angry supporters who expressed their displeasure with weird photoshops and all the exclamation points that the Internet could muster. But while outraged betrayal was the order of the day, Fox News infotainer Glenn Beck took a different tack, essentially telling his viewers, "I told you so!"
BECK: It was 1.9 seconds elapsed before Scott Brown's Senate election victory was over and then immediately polls started popping up: can Scott Brown be President in 2012? We talked about it. I get it, people were excited. But the only thing they really knew about the guy nationally was he had an old pick-up truck and he won. Call me crazy, and they do, but I'd like to know a little bit more before I anoint someone the savior of the universe or make them President of the United States.
I have a sneaking suspicion Brown 2012 may have lost a little steam after he voted for Harry Reid's stimulus -- I'm sorry, jobs bill. Some tea party members woke up this morning and probably threw up a just little bit in their mouths when they read the news. They thought ah, wait, wait, wait. what? We took him in and helped him get a victory. Now he's done this? Well, he is getting a ton of heat. But I have to ask myself. Why? Too many people assumed he was a small government conservative. I don't believe he ever claimed to be a tea partier or small government conservative.
In fairness, here is the image of an invitation the Brown campaign sent out for a breakfast they hosted that was sponsored by the Greater Boston Tea Party.
And from his campaign website, here is Scott Brown, claiming to be a small-government conservative.
I have been a fiscal watchdog in the state legislature fighting bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending.
But that's all beside the point. Brown's defection provided Beck with the opportunity to reinforce the ideas he put forth during his CPAC keynote address, where he urged the gathered Republicans to not open their "tent" to "progressive Republicans." He harped on that with his viewers yesterday, painting Brown as a "Massachusetts conservative" and a "progressive Republican like [Olympia] Snowe or John McCain."
This wasn't the first time Beck has notably slagged Scott Brown. While he later maintained that his comments were an attempt at "comedy," Beck railed at Brown after his election night quip that his daughters were "available." Raising the specter of Gary Condit, Beck told his radio show listeners:
I want a chastity belt on this man. I want his every move watched in Washington. I don't trust this guy. This one could end with a dead intern. I'm just saying. It could end with a dead intern.
Strange comments from a guy who constantly urges America to be the people they were on September 12, 2001, given the fact that one thing we were on that date was a nation that had forgotten all about Gary Condit.