February 22, 2010

Interesting turn of events

The Right's great white hope, Scott Brown (R-MA), turned coat and voted with the D's for the $15 billion Senate Jobs bill. Teabaggers are going ballistic, and have dusted off the RINO label.

He wasn't alone, either. Cloture passed 62-30, with 8 not voting. Brown was joined by fellow R's KIT Bond (R-MO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and George Voinovich (R-OH).

But then Blue Dog Bill Nelson (D-NE) voted nay. Does that make him a DINO?

Strange days...
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RELATED POSTS:

The Misfit has a caustic twist on the Scott Brown vote.
Montag is stoic.
Kirt Emery tweets about advancing progressivism.
The Globe makes it sound like Brown will vote for the bill, too.
And Wonkette gloats as the wingnuts go bonkers.

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3 Comments:

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

"Caustic". It's where I live. {g}

Ambulance Driver said...

He was never the right's Great White Hope.

He was a MA moderate Republican, which makes him more left than some southern Democrats.

Republicans viewed his election as more of a bellweather of dissatisfaction with current Democratic leadership than a victory for conservative Republican ideals.

Still, he was better by light years than Teddy fucking Kennedy.

If Republicans expect him to toe their party line, they're going to be sorely disappointed.

Mule Breath said...

"If Republicans expect him to toe their party line, they're going to be sorely disappointed"

Then you should expect some sore Republicans, I reckon, as evidenced by some of the blogs and comments. Great White Hope is exactly what the more rabid of them expected.

The slightly more moderate are calling for patience to see if he actually votes for the bill, but I suspect even those will turn viral if he does. Depending on the man's will, the wingnuts might even drive him further left with their overreaction.

Politics has evolved over the past half-century or so, into a sharp "wid us or agin us" model, fomenting an enormous amount of wingnuttery and fringe idiocy.

Similar events have occurred in EMS over the past score or so years, eh? Life imitating politics?

Regardless, I wasn't really caring one way or the other and my blog was tongue in cheek... poking fun at the reactions Brown's vote caused in the right and wingnut fringe, and Nelson's in the left.