Much ado has been made about Senator Brown's vote for cloture on the "jobs" bill. While I do agree that it really is nothing more than another "stimulus" bill that has a different name, it should come as no surprise he voted yes for this.
During the campaign Brown called himself a Massachusetts Republican. The meaning of that should have been clear. New England republicans are no Jim DeMint's or Michele Bachmann's. I grew up in New England. While there are pockets of staunch conservatives, it is not the norm. Most people are center/left of center. That is the reality. The republican parties in New England states are different than they are in say the midwest or south.
All one had to do was to look at Brown's voting record in the state senate. It clearly shows someone who didn't have a big problem with spending, nor did he have a problem voting with the democrats. One of the core parts of his stump speech was that he believed in bi-partisanship. He also clearly said that he was an independent that would vote for what he thought best for the state of Massachusetts.
Who did he meet with the day after he won election? None other than John McCain, which speaks volumes. Senator Brown will serve a purpose for conservatives, but he will not be an ally in the same way that DeMint is. Brown will slow down Obamantion, but he will not stop it in its entirety. Had anyone thought that he would, was fooling no one other than themselves. Brown didn't betray anyone, he stood by the principles that he laid out for himself during the campaign. While I don't agree with his vote, I understand that this is what we should expect from him.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"I say this not to the teachers, but to their unions: If education were a war, you would be losing it. If it were a business, you would be driving it into bankruptcy. If it were a patient, it would be dying." Bob Dole
Yes, House Republicans have been in power for 5 hours and they have not passed their entire agenda. The New York Times things they should be canned and Democrats put back in charge. Don Surber
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So I say huzzah to the 112th congress for reading the Constitution, for acting like it matters. It does. The Constitution may not be sacred, but the sacred has no better friend than the Constitution." Pat Archibold
"53% of Democrats have a postive view of socialism. 100% of republicans think those 53% are morons." Mark Levin
"Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness." First plank of the communist strategy for revolution - confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919
"If you believe this isn't going to cost the government anything, you are likely to see leprechauns riding on unicorns with pots of gold circling the capitol" Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-21 on healthcare "reform".
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views". William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The Republicans were laughing and waving the American flag, and I thought that was ourtrageous behavior" Maxine Waters
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglas
Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves. Harriet Tubman
But I think the most important thing I have figured out was how not to lose hope even when things are bad and it feels like it won't get better. It will get better. You just have to keep working at it and moving forward. Homeless & Conservative
The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Vladimer Lenin
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek